Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Why Kitsch Sells, II

There is a story behind everyone's taste.
That is at the core of Carl Wilson's book Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste.
I first blogged about this a couple of years ago. See that post here.

Carl Wilson was on the Colbert Report this week promoting the same book.

It's a short read. Give it a try. I am almost certain that you also know people who strangely like things like Celine Dion's music or Paulie Shore movies. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Anonymous said...

I remember reading about this on HetPer a while back. I'll check this out. I did see the author on Colbert, too.

Anonymous said...

I liked how he provided context for the 'taste' and what actually informs people's specific taste choices.

Anonymous said...

I think that kitsch will always be 'in' since a lot of things kitsch revolve around the lack of artistic complexity. And many people like the simple and that which revolves around the routine.

Sra said...

I'll check it out. Taste is such a peculiar thing. Generally, I think I like things that challenge me on some level. Things like Deerhoof's music and David Lynch's films. But then on occasion I find myself enjoying shows like Gossip Girl, and music from Elton John (albeit pre-90's wuss-out Elton John).