January 14, 1985 12:00 PM

Edited by Paul Krassner

From 1958 to 1974, The Realist was one of the nation’s most outrageous, tasteless and, on occasion, funniest magazines. Edited by Krassner, a sometime stand-up comic, its circulation was always small, but it had a strong counterculture readership and its contributors included most of the era’s best humorists. This sampling includes Richard Pryor’s bitter playlet on blacks in Vietnam, “Uncle Sam Wants You Dead, Nigger,” a sobersided interview with Woody Allen (he discusses the philosophy of electric toothbrushes at length, in the superserious tone he adopts when he’s not being funny) and pieces by Abbie Hoffman, Avery Corman and prostitute-activist Margo St. James. Krassner’s own contributions include his description of his first LSD trip. As a portrait of what people thought was funny in those days, as well as the source of some enduring laughs, this paperback is a real bargain. (Running Press, $8.95)

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