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“A typical liberal may recognize contributor names on the cover like the Yes Men and Billionaires for Bush, but the guts of the book also nod to IWW, Earth First! and Otpor.”

Cole Wardell

Krassner, Paul

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.


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