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Paul Krassner on BookTV

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Who’s to Say What’s Obscene? Politics, Culture and Comedy in America Today
by Paul Krassner
Monday, October 12, 2009

paulkrassner-200About the Program
[This is an hour long reading in which] Mr. Krassner assesses the ongoing conflict between the governmental power that be and cultural opponents. The comic, journalist and author looks at how obscenity is defined, by whom and why. He also examines why drugs laws are what they are and why so many are incarcerated for what he believes are victimless crimes.

About the Author
Paul Krassner
Mr. Krassner is founder of the Realist magazine, a journalist, author, stand-up comedien and close friend of Lenny Bruce. He was also editor of Bruce’s autobiography and his articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Spin, Playboy, Mother Jones, and National Lampoon.

Watch the video here.
Buy the author’s book here.

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Krassner vs. King

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Submitted by Paul Krassner as posted on YouTube by City Lights Books

A mock interview between Paul Krassner and Larry King by Andy Thomas:

Also, Paul Krassner discusses his new book, Who’s to Say What’s Obscene?: Politics, Culture, and Comedy in America Today, with Andy Thomas.

Krassner: Who’s to Say What’s Obscene

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Our friend and Art of the Prank contributor Paul Krassner has a new book coming out:

Yippie founder Paul Krassner still testing limits
by John Rogers, Associated Press Writer
June 22, 2009

Books Paul KrassnerDesert Hot Springs, Calif. – He was once a child music prodigy and in the decades since, Paul Krassner has been everything from political satirist to author, editor, anarchist and an advocate for both peace and pornography.

But the title he may favor is one he found buried in his FBI file.

“To classify Krassner as a social rebel is far too cute,” a letter in the file said in response to a favorable magazine interview with the co-founder of the Yippie Party, the group that notoriously disrupted the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. “He’s a nut, a raving, unconfined nut.”

So Krassner titled his autobiography “Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut.”

“I figured I might as well make use of it,” says the author, smiling broadly as he sits in the living room of his modest tract home in this sandy, sagebrush-dotted corner of the Mojave Desert on a scorchingly hot morning. On a nearby table is a copy of “A People’s History of the United States of America” by historian and social activist Howard Zinn. (more…)