Thursday, May 24, 2012

BC2012: Murder at the Conspiracy Convention by Paul Krassner

This is the Desert Solitaire of May, another book that I started reading long ago and finally finished. With the Chicago media constantly comparing the NATO protests to the 1968 Democratic National Convention, I felt it was time to revisit this collection by Yippie co-founder Krassner. It seems like it's been more than five years since I started it, but the Powell's sticker on the back suggests that I bought it on our trip to Oregon in 2007.

At 331 over-sized pages, Murder at the Conspiracy Convention is a long book that takes some time to read. I think that's why I put it down years ago (then my wife picked it up and I never got back to it). There is a lot of great stuff in these articles, though. Krassner has led an interesting life intertwined with counterculture icons including Lenny Bruce, Ken Kesey, Jerry Garcia, and of course, Abbie Hoffman. He's also funny, sometimes laugh-out-loud hilarious.

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