One Hand Jerking: Reports from an Investigative Satirist
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  • November 2005
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One Hand Jerking: Reports from an Investigative Satirist

Paul Krassner

Foreword by Harry Shearer

Introduction by Lewis Black

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 and a foreword by Harry Shearer. From cults to pornography, from Charles Manson to Homer Simpson, from the war on drugs to the invasion of Iraq, from Dolly Parton to Lenny Bruce, from circumcision to propaganda, this collection One Hand Jerking epitomizes Krassner's credo: "Irreverence is our only sacred cow."

REVIEWS

"Intelligently irreverent, Krassner's writing crisply and crassly skewers the teeming absurdity in contemporary America." —Publishers Weekly

"Krassner hasn't sold out. In an era when surviving members of the Doors are fighting for the right to sell a song to a car company, this is worth noting—and celebrating. Krassner, the less-remembered cofounder of the Yippies (with Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin), publisher of the defunct, defiantly free-speech The Realist, and a lifelong 'investigative satirist,' is still at it, spitting on sacred cows, rethinking conventional wisdom, and refusing to take the money. One Hand Jerking compiles his writings for a diverse array of publications—including the New York Press, High Times, and AVN (Adult Video News) Online—on an equally diverse array of topics. In 'Satirical Prophecy,' he notes that his joke about a fundamentalist Christian who tattoos 'What Would Jesus Do?' on his penis came true, more or less, thanks to a Sunday-school teacher in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 'The Transformation of Dennis Miller,' he learns that Hitler is responsible for the comedian's conservative rebirth. In 'Swimming in the Dead Pool,' he puzzles over people who find fulfillment predicting celebrity deaths. Sharp and surprising." —Keir Graff, Booklist

"The FBI was right; this man is dangerous—and funny, and necessary." —George Carlin

"Krassner has the uncanny ability to alter your perceptions permanently." —The Los Angeles Times

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"I told Krassner one time that his writings made me hopeful. He found this an odd compliment to offer a satirist. I explained that he made supposedly serious matters seem ridiculous, and that this inspired many of his readers to decide for themselves what was ridiculous and what was not. Knowing that there were people doing that, better late than never, made me optimistic." —Kurt Vonnegut

About Paul Krassner

PAUL KRASSNER cut his teeth as a journalist at Mad magazine, worked with Lenny Bruce, and with Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin founded the Yippies. In 1958 he founded the satirical magazine The Realist and has published it discontinuously ever since. His autobiography, Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counter-Culture, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1994. The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race, a collection of his best satire, was published by Seven Stories Press in 1996. His compact disc We Have Ways of Making You Laugh is available from Mercury Records. He lives in Venice, California with his wife Nancy.

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