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Top Books Top Audiobooks Oprah’s Book Club Let's Talk About Love Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste. I think this is the better book. Confessions of a Pick-up Artist Chaser The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene Does anyone actually enjoy cliffhangers? I don’t like talking about my taste in music very much. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. $10.95. Prescriptive based on descriptive is good, I think. We know that taste is not entirely subjective. 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 whom I am talking. I’d never even heard of “An Experiment in Criticism”, but I have been meaning to check out some of C.S. 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. However, that was taken, Fun but not substantive enough. (As God does.) Carl Wilson is not a fan of Celine Dion's music. My love for this book certainly has a social dimension. For me, reading this book providing a road-map for journeying into the heart of my own motivations. * Rob Sheffield * Carl Wilson is a profound listener and an extraordinary writer. 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 a wonderful book, and the stuff Wilson comes up with near the end is the closest thing I've seen in print to a version of what I feel we should be trying to do with criticism. $24.99; $24.99; Publisher Description. By (author) Carl Wilson. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I devoured criticism from a young age, from the extremely overrated (Lester Bangs) to the grossly underappreciated (Ellen Willis). Not merely a great 33 1/3 book, but a great and delightfully original work of criticism, period. 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. “Let's Talk About Love” is a studious, A-plus paper on the topic of “taste,” but it's also very dry, very quote-heavy, and very resistant (to use one of the author's, Carl Wilson's, own key words) to its own innate charms -- those charms being its personal touches: the book sparks to life in moments (like when Wilson flashes back to his ex-wife's performance of Buddy Holly's “Oh Boy” to express her feelings for her then … + Not in conversation, anyway. 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. Have you ever felt like you were better than those people who love, The 33 1/3 series would seem to be pretty much bulletproof in terms of hipster cred. That's part of her appeal as an object of love or hatred - with most critics and committed music fans taking … Carl Wilson tackles Céline Dion‘s album Let’s Talk About Love.. His approach is intriguing, based mostly upon the theories of sociologist Pierre Bourdieu (particularly as set forth in his Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste).). Wilson, using the perhaps low-hanging-fruit of her 1997 a. If respect or simple fairness were denied you, you’d build a great life (the best revenge)” Page 8, Paragraph 2. Does anyone know? 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. I love that Wilson never falls down the rabbit-hole of total subjectivity. I. ... in their lofty contempt. My bad taste was untainted by any sort of hipsterish swerve (a prelapsarian self that I have, perhaps unfortunately, lost forever). Lewis’ nonfiction work. While working-class tastes seemed mainly a default (serving at best to express group belongingness and solidarity), for everyone else taste was not only a product of economic and educational background but, as it developed through life, a force mobilized as part of their quest for social status (or what Bourdieu called symbolic power). What do you do when the writing isn't easy? Getting tired of all the oppression-based critique of narrative art. Dion, Céline--Criticismand interpretation. More accessible than your standard-order Bourdieu but not lacking in thoroughness... eager to tackle the essays from the expanded edition at some point! 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. "LETS TALK ABOUT LOVE" BY CARL WILSON READING SUMMARIES Chapters 1-4 Summary (One Paragraph): The book, “Lets Talk About Love” by Carl Wilson, analysis the music and life of Celine Dion. We should all come to judgments about what we like. Coming to a bookstore near you on March 13, 2014. Have you read it? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In essence, Wilson asks whether his distaste for her music is really a way to distinguish himself from her fan base. What we have agreed to call tastes, he said, is an array of symbolic associations we use to set ourselves apart from those whose social ranking is beneath us, and to take aim at the status we think we deserve. He’s one of my all-time favorites. As he writes: “If I was trying to learn to love Celine Dion’s music, then perhaps my experiment was too tyrannical. 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Please please please leave this book on the shelf and instead seek out the 33-1/3 volume on, “Let's Talk About Love” is a studious, A-plus paper on the topic of “taste,” but it's also very dry, very quote-heavy, and very resistant (to use one of the author's, Carl Wilson's, own key words) to its own innate charms -- those charms being its personal touches: the book sparks to life in moments (like when Wilson flashes back to his ex-wife's performance of Buddy Holly's “Oh Boy” to express her feelings for her then-beau while in the throes of their infatuation; or when the author is besides, “Let's Talk About Love” is a studious, A-plus paper on the topic of “taste,” but it's also very dry, very quote-heavy, and very resistant (to use one of the author's, Carl Wilson's, own key words) to its own innate charms -- those charms being its personal touches: the book sparks to life in moments (like when Wilson flashes back to his ex-wife's performance of Buddy Holly's “Oh Boy” to express her feelings for her then-beau while in the throes of their infatuation; or when the author is besides himself during a Celine Dion concert, next to a weeping fan behind sunglasses). Read 2 reviews from the world's largest community for readers… With her synthesized strings and genuine pearls and her opera-crossover attempts, she aspires to the highbrow culture of a half-century ago. I truly believe that Wilson loves music and I feel his love in this book about something he hates. His writing style and perspective about taste and perception. Suffice it to say, Wilson gets something out of the whole endeavor. 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. Paperback, 176 pages. I have touched those things and they felt so good! The only Céline Dion performance I willingly listen to is one of her most incongruous. Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste. Nothing in my life has been more rewarding than reading books from the canon. 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.”. Rahul's Question: Where are all the bad books? “And the places she turns up in Jamaica are all the more curious. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 3. Growing up, I always wanted to be a rock writer. Why do we gravitate towards the music we do and what social currency does it give it us? 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. Not in conversation, anyway. 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