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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Paul Krassner on RAW

Paul Krassner

Jesse Walker has responded to Paul Krassner's death by publishing a "Lost Interview" with Krassner, and some of the discussion is about serving as Robert Anton Wilson's editor.


Walker: What was the editorial process like with him?

Krassner: I would just tell him not to censor himself and hold back. If there was something I didn't understand, I would have to assume I was the common denominator of the reader, and so I would ask the most questions. I would have to look up words in the dictionary when I was reading his manuscript, and I figured the reader would have to look it up too if they didn't understand what it meant.

He would do a thing on Ezra Pound's poetry. And I really didn't quite understand it, but it was interesting that he could transcend the Nazi aspect of him and just deal with this poetry. Because he was a taboo, you know. So for me, it was like, "Can you separate art from the personality of the artist?" It's like Wagner.

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