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“A serious critique of Glenn Beck is almost a waste of time,” TOM FRANK says. “After all, the man has referred to himself as a ‘rodeo clown’ and a ‘recovering scumbag.’” And yet Beck today has become the most influential man on the right. Tom Frank explain; he wrote about Glenn Beck for Playboy.
Also: GREIL MARCUS talks about the New Literary History of America: his new co-edited thousand-page compendium, where “nothing remains of the boundaries that traditionally separated literature, history and popular culture” — from the Puritans to “Lolita” and Jackson Pollack – and of course Greil’s Moby Dick: “Ahab is always out there.”
Plus: Americans in Cuba on the eve of Castro’s revolution: that’s the setting for RACHEL KUSHNER’s novel TELEX FROM CUBA. For the Americans, plantation society in Oriente was a paradise – until the rebels came down from the hills. Rachel’s book is out now in paperback.