Paul Krassner

Author and Satirist

Paul Krassner's latest book is an expanded edition of his 1993 autobiography, "Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counterculture," available at, along with the Disneyland Memorial Orgy poster.<br /> <br /> His most recent collections are Who's to Say What's Obscene: Politics, Culture and Comedy in America Today, with a foreword by Arianna Huffington; In Praise of Indecency: Dispatches From the Valley of Porn; and One Hand Jerking: Reports From an Investigative Satirist, with a foreword by Harry Shearer and an introduction by Lewis Black. <br /> <br /> Krassner's FBI files indicate that after Life magazine published a favorable profile of him, the FBI sent a poison-pen letter to the editor, complaining: "To classify Krassner as a social rebel is far too cute. He's a nut, a raving, unconfined nut."<br /> <br /> "The FBI was right," said George Carlin. "This man is dangerous--and <br /> funny; and necessary."<br /> <br /> When People magazine called Krassner "Father of the underground <br /> press," he immediately demanded a paternity test. He had published <br /> The Realist magazine from 1958 to 1974. He reincarnated it as a <br /> newsletter in 1985. "The taboos may have changed," he wrote, "but <br /> irreverence is still our only sacred cow." The final issue was <br /> published in Spring 2001.<br /> <br /> Krassner's style of personal journalism constantly blurred the line between observer and participant. He interviewed a doctor who performed abortions when it was illegal, then ran an underground referral service. He covered the antiwar movement, then co-founded the Yippies with Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. He published material on the psychedelic revolution, then took LSD with Tim Leary, Ram Dass and Ken Kesey.<br /> <br /> He edited Lenny Bruce's autobiography, How to Talk Dirty and <br /> Influence People, and with Lenny's encouragement, became a stand-up <br /> performer himself, opening at the Village Gate in New York in 1961. Ten years later--five years after Lenny's death--Groucho Marx said, "I <br /> predict that in time Paul Krassner will wind up as the only live Lenny <br /> Bruce."

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