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For The Benefit Of Tuli Kupferberg

Michael Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Simmons

For those who trot out the tired cliché of hippies morphing into stockbrokers, check out the Fugs. No sell-out here.

Sarah Palin for President: Kathy Griffin for Pope

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Giles Slade

Disturbingly, women are tearing themselves down or blowing themselves apart as America watches. Kathy Griffin or Sarah Palin. You must all choose now.

Kevin Smith v. Southwest Airlines : Getting The Real Skinny

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lee Stranahan

Kevin Smith knew he'd get hammered when he went public with this. He went ahead and did it anyway. God bless him for it.

Bridgeport Mural The Latest In Chicago's Long Line Of Art Censorship

Chicago Sun-Times | Neil Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

[W]e need put this latest act in perspective. We are a city where, not so long ago, outraged aldermen led cops into the School of the Art Institute --...

Media Notes from All Over (Belatedly)

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Klein

Media Notes from All Over (somewhat belatedly) First, about that New Yorker cover: to quote Steve Martin, comedy isn't pretty. As a satire practiti...

The Question Carlin Left Behind: What is Obscenity?

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Danny Schechter

Comic social commentators like George Carlin, Lenny Bruce and mavericks like New York's Ugly George have been uncturing the pervasive hypocrisy on the issue of obscenity laws.

Remembering George Carlin

Paul Krassner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Paul Krassner

Carlin was uncompromising, knowing that his audience trusted him not to be afraid of offending them. Who else would have asked "Why are there no recreational drugs in suppository form?"

A Green Room Memory of George Carlin

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lea Lane

Like some of the other original comics who died too soon -- Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman-- George Carlin changed comedy, nudging and sometimes pushing it along.