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Naturally, Fass views the attacks as "harassment." He points out that Weberman even accosted his wife in the street.
"He told her she was crazy, told her he was going to fuck me up," Fass says. "It's all pathology. I would get calls where people would give precisely the same rant, as though they were reading from a script."
Despite the heated rhetoric, Fass refuses to call the police. "I do not like to ask for the help of the police, especially on speech crimes," Fass says. "I've never seen a situation that's been improved by the presence of the police."
Weberman admits that he approached Fass's wife on the street one day. "I said some nasty things to her, but it was a coincidence that we ran into each other," he says. "On that, I must admit I was wrong."
He also acknowledges calling Fass at home and declaring that he was a "pimp."
Weberman also admits, over the years, to leaving manure on Fass's property, stenciling "Zippy" on his van, and warning him to get insurance for his storefront.
Weberman claims that he wants peace. "I would like all of this to come to an end," he says. "I've been fighting Fass for so long, it's not really worth it."
The dispute even sucked in counterculture hall-of-famer Paul Krassner, who lives all the way out in California. Krassner, whose books include One Hand Jerking and Pot Stories for the Soul, was particularly incensed at Weberman accosting Fass's wife. "It's just vicious, gratuitous hassling," he says.
John Penley, an East Village activist, says the longstanding animosity sucks energy away from the movement.
"My hope is, the story will cause them to take a look at this craziness and drop it and get together," Penley says. "All of these crazy internal feuds distract them from the real work. And everyone is getting old."