Abbie Hoffman would have turned 80 today. Fellow Yippie Paul Krassner remembers the good old days—which include dropping acid with Groucho Marx.
Paul Krassner still does stand-up comedy, though now it’s with a cane. And he still plays a ‘now-I-am-now-I-ain’t’ peek-a-boo with his Jewish identity.
Dustin Hoffman as Lenny Bruce in ‘Lenny’ (1974). Courtesy Toronto Jewish Film Festival
A previously little known, earnest Christian woman running for a high-profile office her first time out confronts derision, scorn and outrage in 2010 thanks to dredged up 14-year-old comments in which she criticized masturbation for its purported role in stoking lust and discouraging intimacy. She’s pummeled, eviscerated, all but left for politically dead.