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  • Title: A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Reexamined as Grotesque Crippling Disease and Other Cultural Revelations
  • Author: Cintra Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780141001951
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback

  • A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Reexamined as Grotesque Crippling Disease and Other Cultural Revelations By Cintra Wilson Whether you lust after it, loathe it, or feign apathy toward it, fame is in your face Cintra Wilson gets to the heart of our humiliating fascinating with celebrity and all its preposterous trappings in these hilarious, whip smart, and subversive essays Often radical and always a scream, Wilson takes on every sacred cow, toppling icons as diverse as Barbra Streisand, IkeWhether you lust after it, loathe it, or feign apathy toward it, fame is in your face Cintra Wilson gets to the heart of our humiliating fascinating with celebrity and all its preposterous trappings in these hilarious, whip smart, and subversive essays Often radical and always a scream, Wilson takes on every sacred cow, toppling icons as diverse as Barbra Streisand, Ike Turner, Michael Jackson, and for obvious reasons Bruce Willis She exposes events like the Oscars and even athletic jamborees as having grown a tumescent aura of Otherness Wilson s scathing and irresistible dissections of Las Vegas as the Death Star of Entertainment , and Los Angeles as a giant peach of a dream crawling with centipedes pulse with her enlightened rejection of all things false and vain and egotistical Written with her trademark zeal and intelligence, A Massive Swelling is the antidote for the fame virus that infects us all.
    Cintra Wilson
    Cintra Wilson is a playwright, novelist, and a past columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, Salon, and the New York Times She lives in New York City.

    A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Reexamined as Grotesque Crippling Disease and Other Cultural Revelations By Cintra Wilson

    Commentaires:

    Laura
    I wanted to like this book than I did I expected to love it unreservedly I spend so much time rolling my eyes at the sight of commuters with their faces buried in People Magazine and In Touch that I m sort of surprised they aren t permanently lodged in the back of my skull but the content kept getting tripped up by the ostentatious, aren t I terribly clever writing Now, I don t mind ostentatious writing, necessarily, but ostentatious mixed with pages and pages of fulmination can get to be a bit [...]

    Mer
    Ah, Cintra Wilson How your brutal, merciless beauty has captured my heart When she described Los Angeles as a giant peach of a dream crawling with centipedes I knew it was love.This collection of her screamingly funny essays lampooning our society s unhealthy fascination with fame and pop celebrity was LONG overdue when Penguin compiled it several years ago, and her message of DON T BELIEVE THE HYPE, YOU SICK LITTLE PUPPIES holds true now than ever.

    Jay
    I loved this rant on celebrity culture in U.S.It is smart and out loud funny.Notes touched upon in book Rumors that Michael Jackson s nose fell off during the pepsi commercial.Actual fan letters to New Kids on the Block from teenage girl s MOTHERSnot the girls themselves.Celine Dion clutching a blind child on a playground and screaming She wants to learn, God Dammit Let her Learn Find a copy of this genius before it slips into out of print corners.

    Jenne
    I was trying to describe this book to a friend, and the closest I could come up with was It s like if Tom Robbins and Maureen Dowd had a sordid one night stand at some trashy producer s party in the Valley, and nine months later this brilliant and vicious woman sprang forth fully formed from the forehead of the editor of US Weekly But better than that.I m just sorry I didn t read it right when it came out the world of fame and celebrity has gotten so much MORE grotesque since 2000 that I bet Ms [...]

    Alvin
    This is nothing less than a jeremaiad against celebrity culture, but its never sanctimonious or stuffy In fact, it s over the top hilarious The fact that nobody can cram venom into a sentence than Wilson should not blind one to the fact that she s also an amazingly clear eyed thinker with a lot so say all of it brilliant.

    James
    If Cintra Wilson weren t so relentlessly unpleasant, I would have felt embarrassed for her A Massive Swelling was a steaming pile of envy from a pathetic, prudish, pseudo intellectual scenester with a tin ear and an undergraduate s penchant for exhausting comic hyperbole I love a bitchy screed as much as the next misanthrope, but this book, which purports to be a skewering of our unhealthy collective obsession with fame, actually reads as an unconscious exercise in self humiliation by a hanger o [...]

    Allison Floyd
    GUPTGed on page 58 I was sufficiently charmed by the author s contribution to It s So You to seek this out from the library I ll probably still try to read one of her novels, but man, this wasn t the book for me The bombastic declarations on the book jacket didn t set a good precedent Wilson says what everyone thinks but no one has the audacity to say about modern celebrity culture Really Isn t the whole point of celebrity culture building it up to tear it down And to exactly whom is Barbara Str [...]

    Kip
    I always enjoyed Cintra s Oscar wrap ups on Salon, so was really looking forward to reading this book Her style is best served up in essay sized chunks, I think by the end of the book I was tired of wading through her rants Oh, and maybe it s just the prude in me, but I was embarrassed to read this book in public due to the title and cover image I also did a little cringe when I picked it up at the library reservation desk.

    Ariel
    Oh man did I ever want to like this book Sadly, this kind of pop culture writing doesn t seem to age well and many of the references that would have slayed me when the book came out just didn t quite hold up Cintra Wilson is a great writer, but this book feels dated.

    Shannon
    This was funny The funniest thing about it, though, I m sad to say, is the title Though as I was reading it and feeling somewhat unsatisfied I realized the reason for this was that it didnt seem very current I checked the publication date and it was published in 2000 Probably written in 1999 So a lot has happened in the horrible entertainment world since then So, with this in mind, the book is much better Nothing was particularly ground breaking for me, as I already feel nausiated and indifferen [...]

    Heather
    Do you like scathing criticism adorned with flourishes of bitingly funny hate filled descriptions Does our celebrity soaked society make you want to jab your eyes out with rusty nails Then this book is for you Being someone who deeply HATES our disgustingly shallow celebrity worshipping society, I loved most of it Some of the chapters, however, didn t appeal to me For example, the chapter on Broadway or the chapter on Las Vegas bored me Probably because I m not familiar with those topics But, th [...]

    lissa haffner
    I picked this up, because I m totally down with the sentiments behind it, and thought it would be an intelligent, researched expose It s not that it s like a tirade, a long rant in bloggish form I m not saying that s a bad thing, just not what I really wanted I think that it would be a good visceral eye opener for people who had never given much thought to the bloated, sickening world of the famous.

    Casey
    This book is cutting and smart Cintra Wilson is profane, acerbic and very funny A good read to help stop the madness A must read if you have been reading too many fashion magazines or are feeling unsatisfied with your life and just wish you could be famous and rich already I go back to it every couple of years.

    Tracy
    unfortunately, this book is already dated, as only books about celebrities can be and is therefore not very effective or funny, though the pieces are short enough to hold ones attention if only gossip mags could be this bitchy, they might not be as evil.

    Lilly
    This book is entirely worth the price of the chapter where Cintra gets her hands on some unopened NKOTB New Kids on the Block, for those of you not in the know fan mail Yeah, she s about 10 years late, but that only makes it hysterical.

    Tanya
    Being the inherent cynic that I am, very rarely does a book make me laugh out loud this one did.

    shiv
    the first time i read this book, i laughed so hard that people moved away from me on the subway the girl is remarkable.

    Tj
    Fun and interesting It s definetly dated, I wish she would write an updated version.God, celebrities are awful.

    John cassidy
    perhaps this is what did in Ike turnner

    Leah Lucci
    Though there are parts that are insightful and intelligent, this is mostly exhaustingly vicious to all types of women On women who have had plastic surgery America s version of cute has become so type specific that Hollywood seems to be heading the way of Argentina, where all women are thought to be so unnaturally repulsive at birth that the government will actually pay for all plastic surgery everything Argentinean women all have big lips and teeth and tiny noses and no lines anywhere, except w [...]

    Heather Physioc
    It s pretty good snarky writing at first, but at a point the negativity and angst just makes it like trudging through molasses to finish.

    Huma Rashid
    I gave this book a 3 when I actually wanted to give it a 3.5 It s not really a 3, not quite a 4, but there we have it I love critical essays in general, especially about literature and culture at large, and Cintra Wilson s short collection of essays was a great read in that respect.It s billed as hilarious, a book that, according to USA Today, will have you up at 2 30 a.m laughing like a loon Not so, in my opinion It s not all that funny I would not use that word to describe this book I d use cu [...]

    John
    I love that subtitle I discovered Cintra Wilson in the pages of the late San Francisco Examiner Her hero was Hunter S Thompson who also had a column in the late San Francisco Examiner that I read riding BART back in those fearful, loathsome times Unlike every other new journo wannabe, Cintra could can write She put out this book, then reemerged gloriously as a Salon contributor I even caught her joint e cast during the Oscars with Camille Paglia It was disappointing as celebrities always are in [...]

    Holly
    Very good Very perceptive But if you re gonna castigate Courtney Love for her surgeries and being vain, by extension, why pick on poor Celine Dion for her looks Consistency, please Also, I m pretty sure that Ms Dion wasn t fame hungry at 14, rather, her family made it a course for her them to get out of poverty Anyway, yes I can t stand actors awards ceremonies Hollywoodbut foreign films are fine Even crappy ones Heh So glad I don t watch TV or American movies anye violence, degradation and simp [...]

    Amanda
    This was such a weird and difficult read for meI highly enjoyed Cintra Wilson s writing, and I m excited to read her other books esp Colours Insulting to Nature She s funny and biting and bitter and that IS a compliment in my world view , and this collection of essays about the cult of celebrity does have some laugh out loud funny moments that make you want to turn to the person next to you and read aloud, so they can also enjoy the snarky goodness However, I couldn t bring myself to intake tha [...]

    Cat.
    Well Yeah It is that kind of doll on the cover.And I don t think Wilson likes Famous People much In fact, I don t think so, I know so In this book, she is attempting to pull back the veil of sloppitude we display toward anyone based on how well known they are Her plea seems to be that famous for famousness s sake just really isn t good enough, we need to have some standards on who should be allowed to be famous, and for what Being seen, having your picture taken, that s just not good enough.I sy [...]

    David
    This is basically a series of essays in which Cintra Wilson a regular columnist in Salon and the Huffington Post uncorks on celebrities and the celebration of fame Her writing is biting and cruel and wickedly funny at times, but reading an entire book of it is tiring, like watching a really loud, flashing music video play over and over with little variation.To the degree that she s trying to make a serious point, it is that fame unhinges everyone, especially the famous, but also everyone else wh [...]

    Terrence
    The true sadness, for me, of Cintra Wilson s career is that she has such a hard time truly letting her psychotropically violent imagination flow She seems like a conflicted, angst saturated super leftist I disliked her novel Colors Insulting To Nature because she seemed so hampered by her goody goody liberal intentions that all the characters came off as object lessons rather than flesh and blood human beings That said, this book is Wilson at her rude, disaffected and furious best She has absolu [...]

    raabia
    Would rate this lower if I could It doesn t take much guts to attack the beauty industry or celebrity culture, but Cintra Wilson acts like she s Che fucking Guevara for making fun of an actor s haircut and pointing out are you sitting down for this being a celebrity isn t actually all that great Save yourself the time and just watch Britney s video for Lucky It s the same message.Oh, and the writing is way too punchy and snarky for my tastes It might work for a short blog post, but not for a ser [...]

    Lord Beardsley
    When it comes to slaying the pretences of the star stystem, no one is acerbic than La Wilson She is unforgiving, biting, and so very, very right on Despite the fact that this was written several years ago, there has been virtually no changes in the way we treat the famous or the fame hungry Okay, Michael Jackson is dead, people have morphed into different types of fame trolls, also the Internet has blossomed I would love Ms Wilson to write a follow up to this In case you ve never read anything [...]

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