She doesn’t pass the retina scan: the real elites are now busy affecting muttonchops and trucker caps and reading about teen pop in The New Yorker.”. More interesting is the information about the effect on dopamine levels when we encounter new music and the payoff when our brains resolve more difficult listening into what we identify as music. Even the 33 1/3 titles that would seem plum targets for the irony game — ABBA Gold, for one — have passed through the karaoke vortex and been certified cool. In the opening of the book you are surprised to hear hat the author absolutely hates Celine Dion’s music. I devoured criticism from a young age, from the extremely overrated (Lester Bangs) to the grossly underappreciated (Ellen Willis). The only Céline Dion performance I willingly listen to is one of her most incongruous. Yeah, Justin was right - this is a five star book if any of them are. But he has the same anxiety about it that everyone has. Let's Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste by Carl Wilson It makes an excellent holiday gift for hipster d-bags and also normal people. That's part of her appeal as an object of love or hatred - with most critics and committed music fans taking … Thoughts engendered by my return to computer gaming after an absence of two and a half years, We should all stop being so self-deprecating. We asked the... Non-fans regard Céline 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. For his 2007 critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series title, Let's Talk About Love, Carl Wilson went on a quest to find his inner Céline Dion fan and explore how we define ourselves by what we call good and bad, what we love and what we hate. $10.95. Older albums covered — Music From Big Pink, Forever Changes, Court and Spark, Dusty in Memphis — have for years been hailed by the new kids on the indie block as favorites. Let’s talk about love. Andy Battaglia. As he writes: “If I was trying to learn to love Celine Dion’s music, then perhaps my experiment was too tyrannical. It's perhaps hard to remember how universal Celine Dion was at the close of the Nineties, when "My Heart Will Go On" was every-damn-where and her enthusiastic, bombastic style of singing drowned out anyone else trying to make a living at the time (hyperbole, but still). It can be but not really tailored made for the Celine Dion fan, but this book is really about the nature of taste in pop(ular) music and it's a fascinating read because of it. $10. Confessions of a Pick-up Artist Chaser The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene Does anyone actually enjoy cliffhangers? (Which, I suppose, could make his conclusions less applicable today. Wilson, using the perhaps low-hanging-fruit of her 1997 album "Let's Talk About Love," sets out to discuss what makes us listen to certain artists over others, and whether it's more a reflection of us than it is of the artists we claim to loath or love. Maybe I should’ve been following Wilson’s example. Right now, the cool thing is to have extremely diverse tastes–as long as your taste is for something marginal, it doesn’t matter whether it’s marginal high art (poetry) or marginal low art (autobiographical comics). The latest installment in 331/3, the book series that celebrates significant pop records, is unlike any of its predecessors in that its subject, the titular 1997 Céline Dion album, is abhorred by its author. This is the album that contained the Titanic theme song “My Heart Will Go On”. Let's Talk About Love (Kobo eBook) By Carl Wilson. More accessible than your standard-order Bourdieu but not lacking in thoroughness... eager to tackle the essays from the expanded edition at some point! Carl Wilson is a profound listener and an extraordinary writer. As he puts it: “The virtuosity that cool audiences today applaud, the sort Celine always fumbles, is not about having a multioctave voice or flamenco-fast fingers: It’s about being able to manipulate signs and symbols, to hitch them up and decouple them in a blink of an eye, to quote Homer but in the voice of Homer Simpson.”. His solution is to spend one hundred and fifty pages teasing out every element of Celine’s possible appeal and of his own distaste. My reading record isn't accurate at all anymore, but quite frankly I'm not even sure I even give a damn. I want to call this the best book I’ve read all year. Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3) BY Carl Wilson. Very nicely done. This may be my favorite book ever written about music, at least one of my favorites. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published My love for this book certainly has a social dimension. Start by marking “Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste” as Want to Read: Error rating book. p. cm. That's part of her appeal as an object of love or hatred — with most critics and comm. And perhaps I do want to reveal something, from time to time, but for the most part I want to express an opinion peculiar to the person to who. English. A much-needed diversion. I’d recommend starting with ‘Abolition of Man’- it’s an excellent outline of his general moral philosophy. In all my years of school and academic experience with reading, I don’t think I have ever … Wilson's cursory examinations of taste--that no one's preferences are formed in a vacuum but that we use taste to align ourselves with and distance ourselves from certain socioeconomic groupings--should be apparent without needing research results. BUY IT! The only thing that it’s still per-se uncool to like (except in a hip, self-aware way) is the mainstream: that thin slice of very popular work (primarily marketed towards middle-aged people) that exists in sort of a null territory–stuff like Two And A Half Men or a Tom Clancy novel. ‘A Grief Observed’ is also really good- more autobiographical than philosophical, but still an incredible gut punch of a book. Continuum International Publishing Group. Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste. I. by James Murphy • 14th July 2014 14th July 2014. Refresh and try again. We just have to … try at least … to explain why we came to those judgments, otherwise they aren’t much use to other people. I’ve been lurking around here for a while now-I think your stuff is excellent. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Along with being a tremendously important piece of criticism, Let s Talk About Love is an agile, moving, and generous exploration of the music that accompanies us, welcome or not, on the travels we all need to make on our own. Along with being a tremendously important piece of criticism, Let's Talk About Love is an agile, moving, and generous exploration of the music that accompanies us, welcome or not, on the travels we all need to make on our own. It would be no solution to say we have to love everything, the equivalent of loving nothing. $24.99; $24.99; Publisher Description. Popular music--History and criticism. The author is well-read; the book feels impeccably-researched – but, for all the sourced quotations being thrown at the wall, sometimes it feels like a “whatever sticks” approach – Wilson's own opinion gets lost amidst his citations. Celine Dion Let's Talk About Love. Let’s Talk About Love by Carl Wilson: A NEW AND EXPANDED EDITION October 7, 2013 333admin Bloomsbury is thrilled to announce the publication of a new and expanded edition of Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love. Book Review: Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste by Carl Wilson. Online, one rarely hears the latter discussed with respect, and there are good reasons for that…but I’ve enjoyed books by all three of the authors that I named. Not in conversation, anyway. Oh cool! It is completely excellent in every way, and is possibly the best thing I have read since "Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs" and "Anna Karenina." In fact, during the angstier moments of my youth, I was certainly prone to listening to Celine’s “My Heart Will Go On”. I'm sorry, but no. Very few emotional effects are more vilified than the sentimental, and very few emotional effects are so detrimental to a work’s odds of being considered a high-quality, durable work of art. I love that Wilson never falls down the rabbit-hole of total subjectivity. Wilson’s aim is to examine taste. I thought some musicians were Right (The Ramones, T. Rex, The Replacements) and that entire genres were Wrong (country, emo, disco). Shop for Celine Dion Let's Talk About Love: (33 1/3) from WHSmith. Top Books Top Audiobooks Oprah’s Book Club Let's Talk About Love Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste. I don’t like talking about my taste in music very much. Why do they then go further and say “My kind of stuff [be it novels, movies or pop music] is actually, Have you ever laughed at someone who claimed to actually enjoy Celine Dion's music? In the Aeroplane Over The Sea, OK Computer, Pink Moon, Rid of Me, Paul’s Boutique, Loveless, Meat is Murder… even if your own choices for an “essential/seminal albums” list are different, these titles all have a lot going for them. For his 2007 critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series title, Let's Talk About Love, Carl Wilson went on a quest to find his inner Céline Dion fan and explore how we define ourselves by what we call good and bad, what we love and what we hate. He spent a lot of quality time with her blockbuster album Let's Talk About Love for his new book. Let's Talk About Love A Journey to the End of Taste (Book) : Wilson, Carl : Non-fans regard Céline 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. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. However, that was taken, Fun but not substantive enough. + So thorough and well written with a lot of dry wit and heart. If a colleague at work asks what I’m listening to on my iPod, how can I possibly respond by telling them I’m listening to Ice Cube or Jethro Tull or Nine Inch Nails without them getting certain ideas about the kind of person I am? If Conor O. 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. Growing up in Quebec in the early 2000s, it was difficult to miss her ubiquitous media presence: first, there was, of course, the sheer unavoidability of her nasal intonations at the Carrefour d'Argenteuil shopping mall, outside of La Crémière ice cream, at the local Wal-Mart, on the patios of the pubs downtown, and really anywhere else you could set up, Being not only Canadian, but a Quebec-born French Canadian myself, I can certainly match, if not exceed, Carl Wilson's distaste for Céline Dion. Six played-out teen contemporary tropes (most of which I've used!). Time spent with an old friend. When I read the Neil Young "Harvest" 33 1/3, I found myself listening to Neil Young constantly... that doesn't happen with this read, at least for me. This was really good, an investigation into the meaning of taste and aesthetics where the author, an urbane and hip music critic examines his own prejudices by diving deep into Céline Dion's 1997 album 'Let's Talk About Love'. Awesome! Coming to a bookstore near you on March 13, 2014. I’d never even heard of “An Experiment in Criticism”, but I have been meaning to check out some of C.S. As a music critic, Wilson’s stock in trade is his good taste. For a book I randomly picked up from Goodreads I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this and how much it made me think. 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But—and this is serious—reading Carl Wilson’s “Let’s Talk About Love” could make you a better person. Jesus, a guy works for a year to boil the whole of aesthetics down to 150 pages, and you want me to summarize it in a paragraph? Anyone have any good discussion questions for this book? For me, reading this book providing a road-map for journeying into the heart of my own motivations. What counted in the end was to give Let’s Talk About Love a sympathetic hearing, to credit that others find it lovable and ask what they can tell me about music (or globalism, or sentimentality) in general. The Game of Thrones television show is superior to the books. The 33 1/3 series would seem to be pretty much bulletproof in terms of hipster cred. Paperback, 176 pages. Getting tired of all the oppression-based critique of narrative art. We laud people with ‘good taste’ and revile those with ‘bad taste’. Being not only Canadian, but a Quebec-born French Canadian myself, I can certainly match, if not exceed, Carl Wilson's distaste for Céline Dion. -- (33 1/3) eISBN-13: 978-1-4411-6721-7 1. Book Reviews. If Conor Oberst loves The Band and Calexico is covering Love, consider them vetted - and safe for display on your shelf. See 1 question about Let's Talk About Love…, Hurricane Katrina breakdown on Larry King, Goodreads Members Share the Books They've Been Rereading. In genre fiction, this divide is between the innovative, well-written genre fiction that we’re supposed to write (Ted Chiang, Jeff Vandermeer, Kelly Link, etc) and the mass-market stuff that we’re supposed to repudiate (David Weber, Terry Goodkind, L. Ron Hubbard, etc.). (A Dance With Dragons), The first and last novels that made me cry, Life is too short to waste time on boring books, If you die and leave me with your brilliant unfinished manuscripts, I will burn them, The poverty and evanescence of literary acclaim in SF, Why I am deeply suspicious of Malcolm Gladwell, A Journal of the Plague Year, by Daniel Defoe, Vanity Fair, by William Makeapeace Thackeray, “If the world could write by itself, it would write like Tolstoy.”. If respect or simple fairness were denied you, you’d build a great life (the best revenge)” Page 8, Paragraph 2. So, just to be clear: I'm not actually reading all these books in a day unless I state otherwise, alright? And for a significant fraction of my life, I had bad taste in a completely unreconstructed way. However, because I just finished reading a book that spent a few dozen pages covering the social dimensions of taste, I’m also painfully aware that the reason I want to rave about this book is because it’s much more obscure than most of my other favorite books. Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey To The End Of Taste, by Carl Wilson, My story–“The Snake King Sells Out”–is in this month’s issue of Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Advice for genre-influenced writers who are applying to MFA programs, How my MFA program ushered me into class consciousness, Today I wrote my one millionth word of crap. The same goes for books and video games. ... in their lofty contempt. Apple Books Preview. Wilson covers an astonishing amount - why rockism is both stupid and natural, my problems with glibness (both in the sense that I do it too much and in the sense that I think it's a problem), sincerity, just a ton of stuff. That’s what Carl Wilson sets out to discover in his look at Dion’s album Let’s Talk About Love. And he's Canadian! At no point does he try to argue that bad is good–that Celine’s fans are able to perceive qualities in her music that he cannot. Why do we gravitate towards the music we do and what social currency does it give it us? It’s part of the 33 1/3 series of 150-page long-form essays in which various critics and personages usually rhapsodize at length about their favorite albums. Wilson, using the perhaps low-hanging-fruit of her 1997 a. Childhood memories and annual traditions. I truly believe that Wilson loves music and I feel his love in this book about something he hates. 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