Carl wilson lets talk about love

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carl wilson lets talk about love

Lets Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson

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-husbands struggle with cancer, her knack for howling out raw emotion. Theres nothing cool about Celine Dion, and nothing clever. Thats 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 Wilsons 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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It appeals to me because it dispenses with the obfuscating fictions that taste is autonomous i. The book is framed by the ongoing debate over what the function of pop-music criticism should be, or whether there should be any pop criticism at all. I waver on that question.
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Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey To The End Of Taste, by Carl Wilson

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The sort of thing that annoyed me is best represented by the opening sentences of chapter Indeed, being a stealth operative of globalization is the most substantial charge Quebec intellectuals still lay against her. The opening chapter begins very much in the first person, with Wilson recalling the Oscars, at which Dion was up against among others indie songwriter Elliott Smith in the Best Original Song category. Chapter 2 offers more of an argument, an account of how taste is wrapped up with personal identity. In this, she may be contrasted again with Streisand: Streisand imposes herself on a song, while Dion appears to be the impersonal conduit for her material.

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And while snobbish so-called rockism—which Wilson put in question by hinging hundreds of probing pages upon a critically disregarded artist and album—has fallen further out of favor over the last seven years, the book's main points about knowing your subject, always being wary of your biases, and prioritizing open-mindedness over knee-jerk conventional wisdom are as pertinent as ever., But I think you are mistaken. Over the next few years, it became a paradoxical thing, a totem of cool whose central argument poked holes in the idea of coolness.

How can anyone say which side is right? This new, expanded edition goes even further, calling on thirteen prominent writers and musicians to respond to themes ranging from sentiment and kitsch to cultural capital and musical snobbery. In a new afterword, Carl Wilson examines recent cultural changes in love and hate, including the impact of technology and social media on how taste works or doesn't in the 21st century. Let's Talk About Hate 2. Let's Talk in French 4.

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