A massive swelling: celebrity re-examined as a grotesque, crippling disease, and other cultural revelations
Whether you lust after it, loathe it, or feign apathy toward it, fame is in your face. Cintra Wilson gets to the heart of our humiliating fascinating with celebrity and all its preposterous trappings in these hilarious, whip-smart, and subversive essays. Often radical and always a scream, Wilson takes on every sacred cow, toppling icons as diverse as Barbra Streisand, Ike Turner, Michael Jackson, and-for obvious reasons-Bruce Willis. She exposes events like the Oscars and even athletic jamborees as having grown a "tumescent aura of Otherness". Wilson's scathing and irresistible dissections of Las Vegas as "the Death Star of Entertainment", and Los Angeles as "a giant peach of a dream crawling with centipedes" pulse with her enlightened rejection of all things false and vain and egotistical. Written with her trademark zeal and intelligence, A Massive Swelling is the antidote for the fame virus that infects us all.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JenneB - LibraryThing
I was trying to describe this book to a friend, and the closest I could come up with was "It's like if Tom Robbins and Maureen Dowd had a sordid one-night stand at some trashy producer's party in the ... Read full review
Review: A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Reexamined as Grotesque Crippling Disease and Other Cultural RevelationsUser Review - lissa haffner - Goodreads
I picked this up, because I'm totally down with the sentiments behind it, and thought it would be an intelligent, researched expose. It's not that - it's more like a tirade, a long rant in bloggish ... Read full review