Let's talk about love: a journey to the end of taste

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Continuum, Nov 30, 2007 - Music - 164 pages
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Non-fans regard Celine 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 Celine 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 Celine 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.

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Review: Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33⅓ #52)

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

An interesting philosophical survey of the source of an individual's personal taste and the cultural influences that shape them, this one was right in my wheelhouse. Informative and thought-provoking and an altogether entertaining read. Read full review

Review: Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33⅓ #52)

User Review  - Josh - Goodreads

As provocative and paradigm-shifting a piece of pop criticism as I've read-- but also a hoot, and at times surprisingly (yet appropriately) heart wrenching. I recommend the updated version, with ... Read full review

Contents

Lets Talk About Hate
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Lets Talk About Pop and Its Critics
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Lets Talk in French
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Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Carl Wilson is a writer and editor at The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, and his work also has appeared in Pitchfork, Slate, The New York Times, Blender and many other publications. His pieces were selected for two of Da Capo Books' annual Best Music Writing collections, in 2002 and 2007, by guest editors Jonathan Lethem and Robert Christgau. He runs the popular music blog Zoilus.com and is part of the team behind Trampoline Hall, Toronto's acclaimed nightclub series of lectures by non-experts, which toured America in 2002.