Gelf Magazine has an article
about Alan Abel, who will be speaking at Gelf's Non-Motivational Speaker Series on Thursday, April 24 in New York City.
The article gives a quick overview of Abel's career: The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals
, his obituary in the New York Times, Citizens Against Breastfeeding, etc.
One interesting part at the end, which I've heard people speculate about before, is how Abel funds himself:
This subject is the only one which he's vague about in the interview. He mentions I am probably better off watching his daughter’s recent documentary about him—Abel Raises Cain—to ascertain the details of his day-to-day affairs, but says he works as a consultant, and then gives some examples of the kind of consultations he’s done in the past. Rather than traditional consulting jobs in which one is brought in to advise on business or personal matters, all three of Abel’s stories involve tracking down people or money in cross-country adventures, leaving me with the idea that perhaps Alan Abel is some sort of vigilante mystery-solver, a cross between Harvey Keitel’s character in Pulp Fiction and Encyclopedia Brown. As for securing funding for his hoaxes, Abel is similarly ambiguous, attributing his financial backing to an anonymous millionaire from Florida.
I wonder if this "anonymous millionaire from Florida" would care to fund the Museum of Hoaxes?
Jenny Abel, Abel's daughter, recently sent me a copy of her movie, Abel Raises Cain
. I plan to watch it sometime in the next two weeks (right after I finish work on the proposal for my next book), and will post about it then.