Monday, June 14, 2010
An Interview with Alexander Zaitchick
Sara Robinson interviews Alexander Zaitchick, whose new book on Glenn Beck I recently got but have not yet had time to read. The interview is worthwhile, but I must say, Robinson's intro is a work of art in its own right:
America has this long tradition of twisted, odd, widely beloved and yet darkly dangerous right-wing cultural impresarios that pop up out of our landscape like cultural tornadoes, leaving huge swaths of derangement and destruction in their wake. Aimee Semple McPherson. Father Coughlin. Joe McCarthy. Once in a while, when the cultural cross-currents intersect just so, they rise on the whirlwind, gather huge followings, and lead their followers on a furious high-velocity turn that blows across the countryside in desperate pursuit of a utopia only they can see. These maunderings are typically mercifully short and usually end in disaster, for both the people who started the storm as well as those who got swept away in it. And all is forgotten—until the next time.Check it out.