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A massive swelling : celebrity re-examined as a grotesque, crippling disease, and other cultural revolutions

Author: Cintra Wilson
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2000.
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"In A Massive Swelling, columnist and culture critic Cintra Wilson is a ruthlessly funny pop culture barometer. Wilson gets to the heart of our humiliating fascination with celebrity and all its preposterous trappings in these hilarious, whip-smart, and subversive essays on fame." "Wilson takes on every sacred cow, toppling icons as diverse as Barbra Streisand and the annoying diva machine, Ike Turner and the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wilson, Cintra.
Massive swelling.
New York : Viking, 2000
(OCoLC)604300404
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cintra Wilson
ISBN: 0670891622 9780670891627
OCLC Number: 42771896
Description: xx, 229 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Statement of Intent, or How to Read This Book Without wanting to Hurt the Author --
pt. 1. The Heart-Touching Magic of Music. 1. Cock Rock for the Twelve-and-Under: Little Girls and the Unhealthy Way They Love. 2. Championship Karaoke: Singing to Win. 3. Jacko, the No-Nosed Man from Motown (A Morality Fable). 4. Las Vegas --
The Death Star of Entertainment. 5. The Shipwrecks of Rock --
pt. 2. I Feel Pretty. 6. Only the Cute Survive. 7. Women in Sports. 8. Jump Through the Flaming Tire, Honey ... Thatta Girl --
pt. 3. L.A. Is My Lady. 9. As a Dog Returneth to Its Own Vomit, So Doth L.A. 10. Crossing Boundaries: Towards a New Hermeneutics of Dumb Pimps Like Bruce Willis. 11. Hi-Diddly-Dee, an Actor's Life for Me: Brown Dwarfs and Hungry Ghosts.
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"In A Massive Swelling, columnist and culture critic Cintra Wilson is a ruthlessly funny pop culture barometer. Wilson gets to the heart of our humiliating fascination with celebrity and all its preposterous trappings in these hilarious, whip-smart, and subversive essays on fame." "Wilson takes on every sacred cow, toppling icons as diverse as Barbra Streisand and the annoying diva machine, Ike Turner and the squalid decline of rock stars like him, Michael Jackson and his freakish state, and Bruce Willis for obvious reasons."--Jacket.

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