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Beginning in 1970, and continuing well into that decade, the National Lampoon contained some of the wittiest, most intelligently satirical works American publishing has ever seen. This unique rabble of talented writers and artists produced some of the iconic works of American humor, and in every issue continually danced over the boundaries of good taste and what was thought appropriate to print. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with artist and illustrator RICK MEYEROWITZ, one of the original contributors to the Lampoon and painter of the magazine’s best remembered image: Mona Gorilla. Meyerowitz has compiled a sumptuous sampling of some of the best articles and art from the magazine in its heyday. His book is also a wonderfully irreverent yet deeply affectionate recollection of all the creatively insane minds that made the National Lampoon memorable. Meyerowitz’ book is perfectly titled: DRUNK. STONED. BRILLIANT. DEAD. THE WRITERS AND ARTISTS WHO MADE THE NATIONAL LAMPOON INSANELY GREAT.