“When someone whines about what they can possibly do if it’s really true that voting won’t fix everything, hand them this book. When someone proposes violence as the only serious option available, hand them this book.”David Swanson, WarIsACrime.org & OpEd News
Paul Krassner is a satirist and journalist who played a major role in the evolution of late twentieth-century American political humor. He’s best known as founder and editor of The Realist, the taboo-exploding satirical magazine that ran for forty years. Though he was a stylistically versatile writer, he’d worked at Mad magazine in college and retained a sense of the satirical grotesque. One of his articles, “The Parts That Were Left Out of the Kennedy Book,” described Lyndon Johnson penetrating the dying JFK’s bullet hole wound — and for a while many people thought it was true. As a prankster, he distributed “Fuck Communism” bumper stickers at the height of the Vietnam War. As an editor, he worked with Norman Mailer, Joseph Heller and Ken Kesey (Krassner was a member of Kesey’s Merry Pranksters), and as an activist he co-founded the Yippies with Abbie Hoffman.