'Tis not hyperbollocks to say that Paul Krassner is one of the giants of American satire, using different mediums — journalism, standup comedy, activism — to humorously vent his outrage at hypocrisy. Dubbed by the FBI “a raving, unconfined nut,” he perpetrated the greatest literary hoax of the 20th century — Google “KRASSNER FUCKING KENNEDY NECK WOUND” — and continues to prodigiously write and mock the consensual stupidity called “my country” (although he's an eminently fair, equal opportunity, global mocker). His new collection of essays is Who's To Say What's Obscene?: Politics, Culture and Comedy In America Today (City Lights Books) and it's a hoot, covering The War on (Some) Drugs, the counterculture (which Paul helped kick-start — Google “Krassner The Realist” and “Yippies”), dead icons/friends like Carlin and Vonnegut, censorship and his own take on the history of satire. Krassner will read excerpts and sign books tonight, so get your Googling done, get your ass to Skylight, and join the conspiracy to mock.
Tue., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., 2009
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