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

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780141001951
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/3/2001
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Statement of Intent, or How to Read This Book Without Wanting to Hurt the Author xiii
Part 1 The Heart-Touching Magic of Music
1. Cock Rock for the Twelve-and-Under: Little Girls and the Unhealthy Way They Love 3
2. Championship Karaoke: Singing to Win 29
3. Jacko, the No-Nosed Man from Motown (A Morality Fable) 39
4. Las Vegas--The Death Star of Entertainment 50
5. The Shipwrecks of Rock 62
Part 2 I Feel Pretty
6. Only the Cute Survive 77
7. Women in Sports 93
8. Jump Through the Flaming Tire, Honey... Thatta Girl 109
Part 3 L.A. Is My Lady
9. As a Dog Returneth to Its Own Vomit, So Doth L.A. 123
10. Crossing Boundaries: Towards a New Hermeneutics of Dumb Pimps Like Bruce Willis 144
11. Hi-Diddly-Dee, an Actor's Life for Me: Brown Dwarfs and Hungry Ghosts 158
12. You Will Now Watch the Hollywood Awards Ceremony 173
13. The Two-Headed Calf 196
Part 4 Orchestra Tickets to Grief
14. A Few Short Words on the Literary Life 209
15. Mein Uberkampf: The Unfair Distributions of Cash and Joy in the World 213
16. A Composer, a Director, a Writer, the Greatest Band in the World, 3 Movies, 2 Surfers 228
Acknowledgments 229
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