A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Reexamined as Grotesque Crippling Disease Other Cultural Revelations

A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Reexamined as Grotesque Crippling Disease 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 fascination 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 Barbara Streisand… See more details below

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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 fascination 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 Barbara 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141001951
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/03/2001
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.49(d)

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