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A Massive Swelling : Celebrity Reexamined as Grotesque Crippling Disease Other Cultural Revelations
A Massive Swelling Celebrity Reexamined as Grotesque Crippling Disease Other Cultural Revelations
Author: Cintra Wilson
ISBN-13: 9780141001951
ISBN-10: 014100195X
Publication Date: 7/1/2001
Pages: 256
Rating:
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2.8 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
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Warning: do not read this book at a wake, on a precipice, or with a full bladder. Unless you're a humorless fan of Cher, Michael Jackson, Barbra Striesand, or Mick Jagger, Wilson's turbo, heat-seeking essays about fame, the bane of our commodified culture, will induce bent-double, breathless laughter. A columnist for Salon and the San Francisco Examiner, Wilson, a latter-day Dorothy Parker without the self-hate, writes about the psychoses the lust for fame induces in the stars, their fans, and countless pathetic wanna-bes. In writing about boy bands, like the New Kids on the Block, Wilson reports on the disturbing fan mail they receive from women old enough to be their mothers. Excessive cosmetic surgery in pursuit of perfect bodies elicits blisteringly hilarious commentary on the likes of Courtney Love and Celine Dion. Smart, supercharged, ethical, and talented, Wilson also takes on the ersatz worlds of the Oscars and Las Vegas, and the malignancy of racism and sexism in Hollywood.
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"Cintra Wilson gets to the heart of our humiliating fascination with celebrity and all its preposterous trappings in these hilarious, whip-smart, and subversive essays.
Often radical and always a scream... Written with her trademark zeal and intelligence..." amazon review