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Codrescu, Andrei
"The evaporation of 4 million [people] who believe in this crap [the Christian "rapture of the saints"] would leave the world a better place."

-- Andrei Codrescu

Andrei Codrescu is a Jewish Romanian-American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio.

Codrescu left Romania to escape from the communist dictatorship. After time in Italy he emigrated to the United States in 1966, where he immediately sought out Allen Ginsberg and was part of the East Village art scene. In 1981, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He is an editor of the defunct online journal The Exquisite Corpse, and is a MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Codrescu lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Codrescu's coverage of the Romanian Revolution of 1989 for National Public Radio was critically acclaimed. He was featured in the film Road Scholar which won a 1995 Peabody Award. He reigned as King of the Krewe du Vieux for the 2002 New Orleans Mardi Gras season.

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