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Paul Krassner

Save the Gefilte Fish

He has been compared to Lord Buckley, Lenny Bruce, Robin Williams and Andy Kaufman. L.A. Times critic Dan Sullivan wrote, “He reminds me of all three Marx Brothers rolled into one.” But Darryl Henriques is simply himself, a unique satirist of intensive talent. He began his professional career with the......

Felt’s Dark Side

At the same time Deep Throat was leaking information to Bob Woodward, Assistant FBI Director Mark Felt was authorizing illegal searches and burglaries against relatives and friends of Weather Underground fugitives. “There was no instruction to me,” he is quoted in the Church Committee’s report. “Nor do I believe there......

Disneyland Memorial Orgy

Last week marked the beginning of an 18-month celebration of Disneyland’s 50th anniversary. It’s a peculiar place, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. For example, Disneyland receives more than 2 million phone calls every year, and the most frequently called cartoon character is Mickey Mouse. When Walt Disney died,......

Nonpartisan Harassment

Chris Warren is a politically conservative standup comic. Recently, he was threatened with arrest by the Secret Service if he repeated a joke he told at the Brickwall Comedy Club in Spokane, Washington. I e-mailed him to find out what the joke was. He replied, "It is not a wise......

Oliver Stone Apologizes to Turkey

Of all the movies I’ve ever seen, the Oliver Stone–scripted Midnight Express — which featured images of appalling conditions and brutality in a Turkish prison — was one of the most powerful. And now, just days prior to the European Union’s decision whether to launch membership talks with Turkey, Stone......
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God Will Have Huge Curly Hair That Sticks Up Through His Halo

Novelist and countercultural folk hero Ken Kesey died last Saturday, November 10, at the age of 66, from liver cancer. A couple of weeks earlier, surgeons had cut out 40 percent of his liver, but the remaining scarred-up hunk-o’-meat wasn‘t in such good shape either. Kesey and I were friends......

Pain and Punishment

Photo by Debra DiPaolo "I just want to be alive to defend myself in September," said Peter McWilliams. The self-published best-selling author (Ain’t Nobody’s Business if You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crime, among others), who has AIDS and cancer, was referring to his upcoming trial. He was arrested by......