One Hand Jerking: Reports From an Investigative Satirist

One Hand Jerking: Reports From an Investigative Satirist

by Paul Krassner
     
 

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Counterculture legend Paul Krassner gazes on the fires of pop culture, politics and celebrity and returns unscathed to help us make sense of our senseless world, with an introduction by Lewis Black (The Daily Show) and a foreword by Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Le Show).
From cults to pornography, from Charles Manson to Homer Simpson, from the war on drugs to

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Counterculture legend Paul Krassner gazes on the fires of pop culture, politics and celebrity and returns unscathed to help us make sense of our senseless world, with an introduction by Lewis Black (The Daily Show) and a foreword by Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Le Show).
From cults to pornography, from Charles Manson to Homer Simpson, from the war on drugs to the invasion of Iraq, from Dolly Parton to Lenny Bruce, from circumcision to propaganda, this collection epitomizes Krassner's credo, "Irreverence is our only sacred cow."

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From cultural critic and founder/editor of The Realist, a collection of iconoclastic columns written for several alternative periodicals, as well as The Nation, the Los Angeles Times and other mainstream outlets. Krassner (Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut, 1993) has grouped these pieces under a dozen or so headings, including "Zen Bastard," "Got Porn?" "Under the Counterculture," "Body Parts" and "Brain Damage Control," and has given them such attention-grabbing titles as "The Onanist Quartet," "The Great Foreskin Conspiracy," "Pregnancy and Pot" and "Jews in the News." For Krassner followers, much of this will be a trip down memory lane: recollections of Lyle Stuart and Walter Winchell in the 1950s, Lenny Bruce and Dick Gregory in the 1960s, Larry Flynt in the 1970s. But Krassner, now in his 70s, also has a sharp eye on the current scene. He provides a hilarious mock interview with Bernie Kerik's nanny ("for Christmas, his friend Rudy gave me a Green Card"); a piece on tourism and the mishandling of the tsunami warnings in Thailand; and commentary on Prince Harry in his Nazi uniform. Of course, President Bush, Condoleeza Rice and the war in Iraq get his attention, as do Janet Jackson, Madonna, Bill O'Reilly and Hunter S. Thompson. While conservative readers may find Krassner scurrilous, sacrilegious, even obscene, others will see his writing as ribald, pointed satire. The problem is not with the content but with the packaging. The pieces don't work well in a single volume, and reading them in sequence is a mind-numbing mistake. Pick this one up only while waiting for the water to boil or the train to arrive. They are best when dipped into at random and read piecemeal.

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ISBN-13:
9781583226964
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
11/15/2005
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

PAUL KRASSNER cut his teeth as a journalist at Mad magazine, worked with Lenny Bruce, and with Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin founded the Yippies. In 1958 he founded the satirical magazine The Realist and has published it discontinuously ever since. His autobiography, Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counter-Culture, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1994. More recently, The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race, a collection of his best satire, was published by Seven Stories Press in 1996. His album We Have Ways of Making You Laugh is available from Mercury Records. He lives in Venice, California with his wife Nancy.

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