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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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