The winner of the slow bicycle race: the satirical writings of Paul Krassner

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Seven Stories Press, 1996 - Fiction - 350 pages
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Now in paperback, unforgettable stories -- part fact, part fantasy -- by America's foremost counterculture historianAfter newscaster Harry Reasoner wrote in his memoirs that "(Paul) Krassner not only attacked establishment values, he attacked decency in general", Krassner named his one-person show "Attacking Decency in General". The same irreverence is apparent in The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race, the acclaimed collection of Krassner's most recent stories as well as his most famous satirical pieces from past years, all presented in reverse chronological order.Child prodigy violinist, Mad magazine contributor, Lenny Bruce's obscenity coach, cofounder - with Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin -- of the Yippies, and writer/publisher of The Realist since 1958, Paul Krassner endures as an intrepid, unrehabilitated counterculture torch-bearer. His writings, Swiftian in form and contemporary in subject matter, seamlessly blend factual reporting and flagrant misstatement. "Truth", says Krassner, "is Silly Putty". In Krassner's world, Lyndon Johnson chuckles over the corpse of JFK, a Senator's aide reveals "Why I Leaked the Anita Hill Affidavit", and when Krassner "interviews" Nancy Reagan, "Just say no to drugs" becomes "if anyone tries to sell you an ounce of marijuana for $500, that's way too expensive, so just say no"."Krassner has the rare ability to alter one's perception permanently". -- Los Angeles Times

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Contents

Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut
15
Who Killed Jerry Rubin?
45
Growth in Fear Stocks
105
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Paul Krassner is the only person to win awards from both *Playboy* (for satire) and the Feminist Party Media Workshop (for journalism), to be inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, to receive an ACLU Uppie (Upton Sinclair) Award for dedication to freedom of expression, and to be described by the FBI as "a raving, unconfined nut.

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