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The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race: The Satirical Writings of Paul Krassner written by Paul Krassner

 

The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race: The Satirical Writings of Paul Krassner written by Paul Krassner

Overview:

The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race collects both Krassner's later 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.

Synopsis:

The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race collects all Krassner's most recent stories, as well as his most famous satirical pieces from past years. The book is Swiftian in intention and contemporary in subject matter. It reveals Krassner to have the heart of a muckraker and the spirituality of a seeker after truth. But get ready! On the surface, Krassner's writings seamlessly blend factual reporting and suggestive misstatement. "The truth," says Krassner, "is Silly Putty;" and "cultural anarchy is freedom of speech." Kneading fantasy into reality, Krassner ferrets out the higher truths that spotlight the absurdity all around. In Krassner's world, Lyndon Johnson chuckles over the corpse of JFK, 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."

Publishers Weekly

Stretching back to 1958 in reverse chronological order, this book selects Krassner's satire from the Realist (which he founded in 1958 and resumed in 1985 after an 11-year hiatus) and other publications. However, unlike his well-tuned memoir, Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut, satire ages, making for an uneven collection. What was outrageously insightful in 1967-Krassner's acceleration of LBJ's boorishness into a necrophilia scene with LBJ crouching and panting over JFK's corpse-is less funny now. On the other hand, Krassner's equally infamous 1988 piece on snorting cocaine with the Pope, "Always let the Pope snort first," remains hilarious. Among the hits are a faux interview with Nancy Reagan and a parody of Nixon's memoirs, as well as turn-of-the-'60s bits on race and contraception. Sometimes Krassner is less funny than biting, as in his putative exchange between Spike Lee and Tom Wolfe, who attacks the filmmaker's Nike commercials with "Just do the right sneaker." Though Krassner's style lacks the arch elegance of the best prose parodists, his ongoing career as a stand-up satirist suggests that his words, when given voice, still hit home. Author tour. (June)

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