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Let's Talk About Love by Carl Wilson
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May 31, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: music
Read in May, 2009

Wilson's book is about Celine Dion and her 1997 album Let's Talk About Love, but only as a jumping-off point for an incredibly well-researched and well-thought discussion on the vagaries of taste. We get a historical look at the science and social analysis from the likes of Kant and others, we get first-person accounts of how Celine affects her fans, and most of all we get a writer coming to terms with the fact that it's OK to like Celine, just as it's OK not to like her.

This book will undoubtedly serve as an appetizer for a host of other reading I'd like to do on this and similar subjects. The one field the author didn't delve into at all in his theorizing of why we like what we like is the nature of choice (and its sibling, availability). I might have to select The Paradox of Choice for my next reading.

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