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Paul Krassner's The Realist. Four issues of the seminal humor magazine to be uploaded per month,
posted by Sticherbeast (11 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
posted by Sticherbeast at 9:11 AM on June 8, 2007

This really is cool stuff. I saw a bit of the Lenny Bruce part the other day but did not realize the scope of what is being released. Nice post.
posted by caddis at 10:49 AM on June 8, 2007

Lewis Black's memoir has a really nice bit about how influential this mag was, particularly the Disney orgy and the JFK throat-fuck.
posted by Bookhouse at 10:56 AM on June 8, 2007

Very cool. Bookmarked, thanks!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:06 AM on June 8, 2007

At the end of my freshman year at college, in May of 1967, I obtained a copy of the May 67 "Realist" #74--the one with the Great Disneyland Orgy. Shortly, thereafter, I bought the first Grateful Dead LP. Things went downhill from there . . .

Damn you, Paul Krassner! It was all your fault.
posted by rdone at 11:35 AM on June 8, 2007

Issue #66 features a piece called "William Worthy Reports." I infer that the author is the same William Worthy, quintessential American left-wing journalist, whose travels to China and Cuba became a footnote to American constitutional law; and who is immortalized in a song on Phil Ochs' first album, "All The News That's Fit To Sing, " called "Ballad of William Worthy."

A tribute to Worthy, with handsome photos of him and the text of the "Ballad," is here.
posted by rdone at 12:03 PM on June 8, 2007

Um ... NSFW would've been nice.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 12:18 PM on June 8, 2007

ZenMasterThis, what, you missed the seminal part?
posted by BrotherCaine at 5:17 PM on June 8, 2007

Fun facts about Paul Krassner. At age six he was the youngest person to play Carnegie Hall. Much later he took over as editor of “Hustler Magazine” while Larry Flynt was recuperating from hideous gunshot wounds after the failed assassination attempt. And somehow or another, somewhere along the way, he managed to get an award from The Feminist Party Media Workshop.

Thanks, Sticherbeast
posted by Huplescat at 5:43 PM on June 8, 2007

Man, I love how Ethan Persoff's site pops up unexpectedly every few months with something new and neat. What a great resource.
posted by renraw at 1:38 AM on June 9, 2007

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