The Right Coast

April 09, 2004
Lenny Bruce Seasonal
By Maimon Schwarzschild

Then there was Lenny Bruce's famous routine about the Jews and the death of Jesus. "I was down in the basement, going through some really old stuff, and I found this really, really old crumpled up piece of parchment. It said, 'We did it'. Signed, Morty."

Self lacerating, of course. Lenny Bruce, as I say.

For a more earnest take -- sanitizing the Lenny Bruce routine for his own purposes -- here is a recent Nat Hentoff column. I don't know enough of the facts about the Paul Weyrich - Evan Gahr story that Hentoff writes about to have an opinion about it. But I have a lot of respect for Nat Hentoff. And it doesn't sound like a happy story.