Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste

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Bloomsbury Academic, Nov 23, 2007 - Music - 164 pages

Non-fans regard CÚline 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 CÚline 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 CÚline 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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User Review  - mykl-s - LibraryThing

Carl Wilson writes an honest and courageous book about his own musical tastes and about what our sense of taste means in general. He goes into his own mind in ways most of us would hesitate to examine ... Read full review

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There are some readers who've noted that "Let's Talk About Love" may mean most to readers younger than twenty-five, a category which includes that many that still identify strongly with their cultural ... 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.

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