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The Trial Of Lenny Bruce

Posted in Uncategorized by activecitizen54 on February 25, 2015

This man went through Hell so we could communicate.

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Towards the end of his Booknotes chat, Nat Hentoff talked about censorship. As a journalist, his views were predictable.

Mr. HENTOFF: Any words at all. Words are–I mean, there is a great–there was a great scene in New York once when Lenny Bruce, who was a friend of mine, was on trial for his words. And Richard Cue, the assistant district attorney, was making a name for himself trying to blast all of the witnesses for the defense. And he got Dorothy Kilgallen, who was a very famous then syndicated columnist, a devout Catholic, a conservative and a great admirer of Lenny Bruce. And he con–he strung together, Cue did, all of the words in Lenny’s monologues that could be considered terribly offensive, and he hit her with them. It was a barrage. `What do you think then, Ms. Kilgallen?’ `Well,’ she said, `they’re words. They’re words. That’s all. Words.’…

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  1. chamblee54 said, on February 25, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I read a long, long biography about Lenny Bruce. He was not a very nice man. I don’t know if he was a candidate for sainthood. The busts were as much a matter of angering important people socially as about the use of obscenity. In the end, the drug use reduced him to being a pathetic character. I am not sure what his motives were, but I suspect it was not “so we could communicate.”


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