I jape, you jape, he japes, we japed. Wiki: "The "jape[s]" or practical jokes of the novel begin with a statue's unconventional decapitation." As opposed to conventional decapitation, I guess.
An early critic called it a "hasty and disappointing" book; Dick may have just bangedi t out for a buck. But another review calls it "Brilliant, sensitive, inspiring."
HE UNDERMINED THEIR WORLD WITH MOCKERY!
That only works so far, and then they send the cops around.