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

Paperback | November 23, 2007

byCarl Wilson

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Non-fans regard C¿line 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 C¿line 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 C¿line 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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Non-fans regard C¿line 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 C¿line Dion, and nothing clever. That's part of her appeal as an object of love ...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 6.5 × 4.75 × 0.5 inPublished:November 23, 2007Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:082642788X

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from A journey to wasting energy & precious paper Carl Wilson's book on Celine Dion: a journey to wasting energy & precious paper Can you imagine spending so much energy on hating someone...??? And what a waste of paper as well. The Toronto Globe & Mail journalist Carl Wilson has certainly better things to do than a campaign of hatred against Celine Dion. It is everybody's absolute right not to like an entertainer, it is a question of taste but to spend precious time to disrespect someone to that extent boggles my mind. Why can't he recognize her achievement? After all, Celine Dion is one of the very few who went so far in record sales and show attendings. Can't we just be happy for her and most of all respect her fans...??? But of course, especially in Canada, we accept someone who has talent but can't tolerate if he or she is successful. Pity... Roger Bourassa Montreal, Canada
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LET'S TALK ABOUT TASTE When the editors of Continuum's 33 1/3 book series rejected Toronto music critic Carl Wilson's initial pitch to write a book on Pere Ubu's Dub Housing, they asked him to come up with a “less obscure” album. Wilson upped the ante considerably and chose one of the top selling albums of all time – Céline Dion's Let's Talk About Love. For Wilson, it was a chance to boldly examine his own taste and the socio-economic divisions that music fandom is built on. We cultural studies fiends may be drooling, and it will be really fun to see what insecure hipsters and actual Dion fans make of the book when it's released at the end of this year. I've only read an advance excerpt (It's not out until December) but it looks like it could be the book of the series. READ MY BOOK REVIEWS AT EYEWEEKLY.com
Date published: 2007-10-15

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"Let's Talk" about one of the most interesting music books you'll read this year... The always critical and erudite Mr. Wilson actually approached Let's Talk About Love as a non-fan grappling with questions of "good" and "bad" taste... It's almost certainly the only installment in the series to discuss French-Canadian race relations, rockism, and Milan Kundera's thoughts on kitsch.