A massive swelling: celebrity re-examined as a grotesque, crippling disease, and other cultural revelations

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Penguin Books, Jul 5, 2001 - Humor - 229 pages
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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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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

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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


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Wilson is the star columnist for Salon, voted best website by Time Magazine. She also continues to pen her sassy, popular "Cintra Wilson Feels Your Pain" column every week for The San Francisco Examiner. Her articles have appeared in many national magazines. She has been commissioned to create works for HBO and FOX and was one of the first writers commissioned to write for Francis Ford Coppola's magazine, Zoetrope. She is currently working with him on two screenplays. She was the creator and voice of Winter Steele on MTV's Liquid Television. She has earned critical acclaim as a playwright.

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