After reading some of the commentary on the upcoming end of Glenn Beck's TV hootenanny on Fox, I uncovered a copy of Common Nonsense on my desk to re-read parts of Alexander Zaitchik's entertaining 2010 takedown of Beck and his shtick.

There are many worthwhile summaries of Beck at different stages of his career in Zaitchik's book worthy of recalling today.

My favorite is this:

"Beck's political grandstanding is, at bottom, little more than a circus entertainer's love of an audience, matched with a fine appreciation for the uses of notoriety, spectacle and shamelessness. Like Barnum's great museums and traveling freak shows, Beck's twice-daily performances, one on radio and one on television, trade in light amusement, canny deceit and titillating monstrosity."