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Title:
A massive swelling : celebrity re-examined as a grotesque, crippling disease, and other cultural revolutions
Author:
Wilson, Cintra.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2000.
Physical Description:
xx, 229 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780670891627
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Book

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"In A Massive Swelling, columnist and culture critic Cintra Wilson is a ruthlessly funny pop culture barometer. Wilson gets to the heart of our humiliating fascination with celebrity and all its preposterous trappings in these hilarious, whip-smart, and subversive essays on fame." "Wilson takes on every sacred cow, toppling icons as diverse as Barbra Streisand and the annoying diva machine, Ike Turner and the squalid decline of rock stars like him, Michael Jackson and his freakish state, and Bruce Willis for obvious reasons."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


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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. --Donna Seaman