The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race: The Satirical Writings of Paul Krassner

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The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race collects both Krassner's later stories, as well as his most famous satirical pieces from past years. Swiftian in intention and contemporary in subject matter, the book reveals Krassner to have the heart of a muckraker and the spirituality of a seeker after truth. In Krassner's world, Lyndon Johnson chuckles over the dead corpse of J.F.K., a psychiatrist hypnotically regresses a woman who shot her television set, and Nancy Reagan's "Just say no to drugs" becomes "If anybody ...

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Overview

The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race collects both Krassner's later stories, as well as his most famous satirical pieces from past years. Swiftian in intention and contemporary in subject matter, the book reveals Krassner to have the heart of a muckraker and the spirituality of a seeker after truth. In Krassner's world, Lyndon Johnson chuckles over the dead corpse of J.F.K., a psychiatrist hypnotically regresses a woman who shot her television set, and Nancy Reagan's "Just say no to drugs" becomes "If anybody tries to sell you an ounce of marijuana for $500, that's way too expensive, so just say no." Kneading fantasy into reality, Krassner ferrets out the higher truths that spotlight the absurdity all around.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stretching back to 1958 in reverse chronological order, this book selects Krassner's satire from the Realist (which he founded in 1958 and resumed in 1985 after an 11-year hiatus) and other publications. However, unlike his well-tuned memoir, Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut, satire ages, making for an uneven collection. What was outrageously insightful in 1967-Krassner's acceleration of LBJ's boorishness into a necrophilia scene with LBJ crouching and panting over JFK's corpse-is less funny now. On the other hand, Krassner's equally infamous 1988 piece on snorting cocaine with the Pope, "Always let the Pope snort first," remains hilarious. Among the hits are a faux interview with Nancy Reagan and a parody of Nixon's memoirs, as well as turn-of-the-'60s bits on race and contraception. Sometimes Krassner is less funny than biting, as in his putative exchange between Spike Lee and Tom Wolfe, who attacks the filmmaker's Nike commercials with "Just do the right sneaker." Though Krassner's style lacks the arch elegance of the best prose parodists, his ongoing career as a stand-up satirist suggests that his words, when given voice, still hit home. Author tour. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888363449
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.92 (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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Table of Contents

Foreword 15
Introduction: The President's Penis 17
Who Killed Jerry Rubin? 45
Growth in Fear Stocks 105
The Last Dan Quayle Joke 113
The Dirty Tricks Convention 117
Why I Leaked the Anita Hill Affidavit 125
An Interview with Nancy Reagan 129
On the 200th Anniversary of the First Amendment 139
George Bush Sends a Message to Saddam Hussein 141
Spike Lee Meets Tom Wolfe 145
A Letter to Dick Gregory 149
I Snorted Cocaine with the Pope 153
Theologically Correct Condoms 159
The Mime and the Pacer 163
Murder at the Humor Conference 169
And Whose Little Monkey Are You? 185
Hypnotic Age Regression of a Television Addict 193
A Sneak Preview of Richard Nixon's Memoirs 205
Thomas Eagleton Seagull 241
I Just Got Back from an Orgy 273
The Parts Left Out of the Kennedy Book 283
Don't Get Involved 291
How I Spent My First Acid Trip 301
Life Goes to a Cease-Fire 307
An Obituary for Lenny Bruce 309
Confessions of a Guilty Bystander 321
Castro and the Kennedy Convertible 331
Psychita 333
The First Negro President 345
Sex Education for the Modern Catholic Child 347
A Child's Primer on Telethons 349
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2004

    a true Techno-Sage for the Millenium

    A collection of hilarious pieces, 'The Last Dan Quayle Joke' is alone worth the price of the book. This is in the style of the 60s counterculture with a 21st century edge--Fantastic!

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