Massive Swelling Paperback – Jul 5 2001
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About the Author
Cintra Wilson is a columnist for Salon.com and the San Francisco Examiner as well as a critically acclaimed playwright and screenwriter.
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Seriously, Mark E. Smith as described by Ms. Wilson, is a sorry portrait. It reminded me of the day I fell out of love with a local hero celebrity of mine: Mark Ashwill of the Spitters. Ashwill and his band were so engergetic in their prime that I always went to a show just to be in their "halo." I expected every show to be an epiphanous "life-changing" experience. The last time I saw their flailing frames on stage, it was just that: life-changing. It just wasn't the epiphany I expected.
This last show I saw was at the Continental, on 3rd Av. and St. Mark's in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The other three original Spitters - besides Mark - were absent. Whether they were dismissed or they departed on their own, I'll never know. In thier place were a bassist and a drummer: Both young, skinny and nervous. They visibly reared away as Ashwill careened about: replicating his old physical shtick for the umpteenth time. They couldn't complete a single song. Ashwill would bark and rant, hurl his mic stand at the crowd (Punk RAWK, dude... ungh.) He slammed into the drum kit and bellowed, "EVERYTHING'S BREAKING! EVERYTHING'S BREAKING!" He continued howling that phrase even after he tore the XLR cable out of the mic. Towards the end, he met the crowds stare with a hang-dog expression that asked: This isn't even fun for you, is it?Read more ›
Cintra has no fear of stepping on toes or calling things what they really are. This is a great book for anyone who wants to see beyond the marketing and understand what the world of Hollywood is really all about.
"Celebrity is a virulent killer of fundamental human values, and unless Southern California goes up in a shiny moshroom cloud on Judgement Day, the only way to control it is to quit believing in it...
We must stop believing that famous people are better and more beautiful and interesting than other people. They're not. They're just like other human beings, only advertised, massively into major leading brands, like dog food or shaving cream."
It begins with a brilliance of eye. Wilson sees segments of the spectrum that the rest of us are blind to - great journalism begins in great observation. I would quote, extensively, but I don't want to diminish the pleasures of discovery for any who might pick up this book. Let me simply say that Wilson has a long skewer and, impaled like stacked shishkabob, are a long list of deserving (and deservingly easy) victims, icluding Cher, Bruce Willis, Ike Turner, the dancing-singing-boy groups, and Keanu Reeves; surprising appearances by Jack Nicholson, Jack Palance, and others, and, perhaps most unforgettably (and a most timely inclusion), Michael Jackson and "the nose.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
It is embarassing how seriously Americans take the culture of celebrity and the media. One of the many reasons we are the world laughing stock. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003
I want to think that this book had more impact when it was published a whole 3 years ago. I found the experience of reading it to be painful after the first few pages of the... Read morePublished on July 28 2003 by A.
This book inspires me to wax poetic like Eminem rapping while he gets "the boys" waxed!! I mean it, this is the full-theatrical release of something ol' Em might have spent... Read morePublished on July 10 2003 by barbarena
This book keep me laughing from start to finish. I found Ms. Wilson's writing style to be easy to read and visual.
Wish that she would write another book.
I give the book three out of five stars because of the easy reading, not for the quality of the material. Read morePublished on March 19 2003
Cindra Wilson hates Celine Dion and the New Kids on the Block. Gee, she sure has carved out a unique niche. Read morePublished on March 16 2003 by Justin Martin
Wilson's razor-sharp commentary cuts apart why-celebs such as Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand, examining how they became famous at the expense of our culture. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2002 by J. Gifford