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One Hand Jerking: Reports From an Investigative Journalist

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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 o
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Seven Stories Press (first published 2005)
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Paul Krassner's collection of essays and columns--most of which have previously appeared in counterculture magazines or blogs--is at various times hilarious, maddening, shocking, nonsensical, inspiring and idiotic. Krassner is a 1960s counterculture icon who the FBI describes as "a raving, unconfined nut." He was one of the founders of the Yippies, a 1960s counterculture group, and his tales of friendship include Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Lenny Bruce, Hunter Thompson and Abbie Hoffman. He has i ...more
This book contains more recent references to US pop culture--like Janet Jackson's tits at the Super Bowl--plus intelligent consideration of Bush II's deliberate erosion of citizens' civil liberties, human rights, etc. via 9/11, also an interview with Robert Anton Wilson. The voice of former sixties "radical" and lifelong dissenter in the name of absurdity Paul Krassner gives me hope that the bad guys never fully triumph as long as you keep contending with them, I mean as long as you're doing you ...more
Perfectly what I would expect from Paul. He is still insightful, dangerous, and hilarious. He is also now 72, which is kind of scary, since I never realized he was *that* much older than me.

This was a really quick read (started on the bus this morning; finished on the bus on the way home), and a really great one, although it was a touch weird to be holding this on a bus through several fairly religious neighborhoods, given the title, and the cover pic of Paul dressed as the Devil. Still, if I re
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I had never heard of Paul Krassner before, but now feel as though I were deliberately avoiding him, or else sorely in the dark. His irreverent humor and gift of satire mark him as one of those voices you wish could be spewed over the air waves with the same intensity and saturation as Rush Limbaugh, who is a big, fat idiot (Al Franken says so!).
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