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Paul Krassner

Paul Krassner founded the legendary underground newspaper The Realist in 1958. People Weekly crowned him "the father of the underground press." (He demanded a blood test.) The FBI, writing anonymously to Life Magazine, called him "a raving, unconfined nut." Groucho Marx once predicted that in time, Krassner would be "the only live Lenny Bruce." Among the many books he has written, Krassner is the author most recently of In Praise of Indecency: The Leading Investigative Satirist Sounds Off on Hypocrisy, Censorship and Free Expression, and publisher of the Disneyland Memorial Orgy poster, both available at


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Paul Krassner, August 6th, 2010
To read Part 1 of this 1962 interview with an underground abortion provider, go here. Q. Do you find that many patients, after an abortion, have feelings of guilt or regret? A. Yes, I generally...
Paul Krassner, August 5th, 2010
The following interview is a very important piece of history. When Paul Krassner first published it in the June, 1962 edition of his underground newspaper, The Realist, the Roe v. Wade decision was...
Paul Krassner, October 22nd, 2009
  Porn publisher Larry Flynt had been traveling around the country in 1978—this was after his conversion to born-again Christianity and hiring me as publisher of the new Hustler—but...
Paul Krassner, September 16th, 2009
Last year, we had a Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, and it looks like he plans to run again in 2012.  He still wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade.  Yet, in 1994, when he was...
Paul Krassner, August 19th, 2009
In his book, Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy into a Joke, Russell Peterson writes: “The difference between mere truth-telling and the contemplation of truthiness lies...