Let's Talk About Love

Let's Talk About Love

A Journey to the End of Taste

Book - 2007
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Non-fans regard C#65533;line Dion as ersatz and plastic, yet to those who love her, no one could be more real, with her impoverished childhood, her (creepy) manager-husband's struggle with cancer, her knack for howling out raw emotion. There's nothing cool about C#65533;line Dion, and nothing clever. That's part of her appeal as an object of love or hatred -- with most critics and committed music fans taking pleasure (or at least geeky solace) in their lofty contempt. This book documents Carl Wilson's brave and unprecedented year-long quest to find his inner C#65533;line Dion fan, and explores how we define ourselves in the light of what we call good and bad, what we love and what we hate.

Publisher: New York : Continuum, [2007], ©2007
ISBN: 9780826427885
082642788X
Branch Call Number: 782.42 Wi
Characteristics: 164 pages ; 17 cm

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CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

This examination is less about the album and more about the idea of good and bad taste.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/33_1_3_series


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lukasevansherman
Oct 26, 2016

"Hell is other people's music."-Momus, 2006
I'm a big fan of the 33 1/3 series, which devotes books to albums both classic ("Exile on Main Street," "Electric Lady") and contemporary ("OK Computer," "Dig Me Out"). This is maybe the most unconventional entry in the series, as, rather than going in depth with a beloved album, author Carl "I'm not the Beach Boy" Wilson goes deep into. . .a Celine Dion album? As the subtitle indicates, it's as much about the idea of taste and what it tells you about someone as it is about Dion's billion-selling "Let's Talk About Love" album (aka the "Titanic" album). Wilson comes at the subject from many albums and can be both witty and erudite, referencing Kant, Bourdieu, and Nietzsche. I doubt it will change your mind about Dion, but it is a provocative, intelligent, and often compelling look at the elusive idea of taste.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

This examination is less about the album and more about the idea of good and bad taste.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/33_1_3_series

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pirastro
Aug 20, 2010

You know, this was such a treat! I picked it up thinking, "Huh, I didn't know any of the Beach Boys wrote a book."

Instead it was just down my alley: an erudite and sophisticated meditation on pop culture and taste.

And funny. Great read.

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vickiz
Dec 21, 2008

This book is a fascinating exploration of artistic and aesthetic taste, and a kind, intelligent and moving defence of sentiment and sentimentality, using Celine Dion as the perhaps unlikely touchstone. Oh, and it's cool and even laugh-out-loud funny.

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vickiz
Dec 21, 2008

Through democracy, which demands we meet strangers as equals, we perhaps become less strangers to ourselves.

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