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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Carl Wilson is a very competent writer, no doubt. - Goodreads
the title, the premise all promised a sense of humor. - Goodreads
Well thought out, well researched, and confessional. - Goodreads
The premise was intriguing. - Goodreads
This is music writing at its best. - Goodreads
The writing blew me away. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - David - Goodreads

Excellent exploration of why we like the things we like, or more importantly, why we hate the things we hate. It gets a little deep into critical theory, but it's very intriguing and revealing. Highly recommended to anyone who is interested in taste divides in music. Read full review

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

User Review  - Vanessa - Goodreads

This is totally fabulous. It's a book-length essay by a snooty rock critic who has been assigned to write about Celine Dion's album Let's Talk About Love (the one with the Titanic song). It turns into ... Read full review


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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.