Slaughtering Cows and Popping Cherries. Publisher and writer Paul Krassner looks back amusingly on how his infamous underground satire magazine, the Realist, started, continued and finished.
Irreverence is now an industry. the Realist served its purpose, though—to communicate without compromise—and today other voices, in print, on cable tv and especially on the internet, are following in that same tradition. The last words of my final issue, published in 2001, came from Kurt Vonnegut: “Your planet’s immune system is trying to get rid of you.”
My own swan-song editorial concluded: “And so this little publication comes to an end, neither with a bang nor with a whimper. Just a deep sigh of satisfaction. the Realist has been a way of life for me, but, of course, old editors never die, they just run out of space.”