The world lost one of its most irreverent voices on Sunday when satire writer, publisher, and co-founder of the Yippies Paul Krassner died at his home in Desert Hot Springs, California at the age of 87. A contributor to High Times and founder of the seminal alternative magazine The Realist, Krassner was known for his socially-motivated writer’s pranks, and willingness to publish voices that few others would.
The San Francisco Chronicle published an article suggesting that Paul Krassner had recently become unable to walk, and was being treated for neurological problems at the time of his death. He is survived by his daughter Holly Krassner Dawson and wife Nancy Cain.
It was 1958 when child violin prodigy and stand up comic Krassner left his job at Mad Magazine to begin publishing his mimeographed counterculture publication The Realist. Initially still living with his parents, he made a name for the magazine by publishing interviews with polemic comedian Lenny Bruce. Paul Krassner would go on to support the infamous comedian in his high profile obscenity trials, and was the editor of Bruce’s 1965 biography How to Talk Dirty and Influence People.
Another seminal The Realist commission was cartoonist Wally Wood’s infamous 1967