The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race: The Satirical Writings of Paul Krassner
Introduction by Kurt Vonnegut
The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race collects all of Krassner's most recent stories, as well as his most famous satirical pieces from past years. Swiftian in intention and contemporary in subject matter, the book reveals Krassner to have the heart of a muckraker and the spirituality of a seeker after truth. In Krassner's world, Lyndon Johnson chuckles over the dead corpse of J.F.K., a psychiatrist hypnotically regresses a woman who shot her television set, and Nancy Reagan's "Just say no to drugs"; becomes "If anybody tries to sell you an ounce of marijuana for $500, that's way too expensive, so just say no." Kneading fantasy into reality, Krassner ferrets out the higher truths that spotlight the absurdity all around.
"Get ready for another innocently subversive (or subversively innocent) gem from humor radical/stand-up comic/publisher Paul Krassner … Krassner makes readers question reality and dig for the truth, a lesson that, even today, is still a radical act." —The Advocate Literary Supplement
"Paul Krassner is one of the comic geniuses of the 20th century." —Don Imus
"Krassner has the rare ability to alter one's perception permanently." —Los Angeles Times
"An expert at ferreting out hypocrisy and absurdism from the more solemn crannies of American culture." —Stephen Holden, The New York Times