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Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Paul Krassner's 50 Years of Misadventures in Satire and Counterculture

An interview with co-founder of the Yippies and legendary satirist Krassner on his new book and his recent forays into journalism and activism.

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There are different aspects of that same tradition in Doonesbury, The Onion,Ironic Times, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy. The more repression there is, the more need there is for irreverence toward those authority figures who are responsible for that repression.

Watching those shows today, can you believe you were ever actually involved in national controversies over the public use of a four-letter word?

"Fuck" has become an all-purpose noun, verb, adjective, adverb, epithet. Now I feel like an English teacher—"Don't you have a larger vocabulary?"

Alexander Zaitchik is a Brooklyn-based freelance journalist and AlterNet contributing writer. His book, Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance , is published by Wiley & Sons.

 
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