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Paul Krassner

Zapped By The God Of Absurdity: The Best Of Paul Krassner

On sale date: October 1, 2019

The best of Paul Krassner’s investigative satire.

This is a curated collection of Krassner's satirical writing and reporting that serves both as a look back on his career and as a memoir. One of his most infamous works, "The Parts That Were Left Out of the Kennedy Book," made outrageous claims that some people thought were true. He reports from a swingers' event and a conspiracy convention - and from the trial of Dan White for the murders of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk during which Krassner coined the term "the Twinkie defense." He also includes anecdotes about encountering celebrities such as Lenny Bruce, Johnnie Cochran, Ram Dass, Larry Flynt, Squeaky Fromme, Dick Gregory, Charles Manson, and Robin Williams - and that time he took an acid trip with Groucho Marx.


"How well does Paul Krassner’s brand of humor hold up? Is there still bite in his barbs and do his words still generate laughter? Fans of The Realist, and readers of his provocative books, can begin to answer those questions thanks to this new, handsomely produced book from Fantagraphics." — Counterpunch

"If you loved the provocative The Realist, Zapped is for you. If you're a millennial and have never heard of Krassner you’d better get Zapped fast." — New York Journal of Books


Black and white
6.4" × 9.3"