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Paul Krassner

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Paul Krassner (born April 9, 1932) was editor and frequent contributor to the Freethought magazine The Realist, which, first published in 1958, is a very early example of the "underground" countercultural press in the US. The Realist was published intermittantly until 2001.

Krassner was a child violin prodigy, but his career took a different turn; he is an important figure in many aspects of politically-edged humor and satire in the US since the 1950s. He was a close protege of the controversial comedian Lenny Bruce (he edited Bruce's autobiography); he worked on early issues of Mad magazine; he was a founder of the Youth International Party in 1967, famous for prankster activism. He remains a prolific writer and stand-up comedian. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Krassner [Aug 2004]

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