Carl Wilson

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Carl Wilson
has been a guest of The Colbert Report
and got nailed in the process

Former long-time music critic, huge Celine Dion fan and author entered The Eagle's Nest to promote his book, Celine Dion's Let's Talk about Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3 Series).

Dr. Colbert didn't care if the interview began to sink, he promised the talk would go on.

March 4, 2009 NailingEdit


  • his book is based on his research into the work of Celine Dion and the people who love her
    • including Mr. Wilson himself, who has a crush on her
  • going into the project, Wilson considered her music the most repulsive possible
    • after a year of research he has respect for it now
    • he likes some of it, but wouldn't call himself a fan
  • Wilson tries not to use the word "repulsive" anymore, when discussing taste
    • he used the book as a way to explore why we have taste wars with one another, using himself as a guinea pig to attempt to understand the popularity of Celine Dion
  • why she wears leather outfits is a delightful mystery
  • contrary to the Lats' phrase de gustibus non disputandum est (There is no accounting for taste), Wilson is literally trying to account for taste
    • flying in the face of thousands of years of wisdom
  • Wilson says there's a story behind everyone's taste
    • where one comes from
    • what one has been through
    • what one has been exposed to
  • what horrific experience would someone have to go through that Celine Dion would be the answer to?
    • Wilson doubts that it's a trauma
      • Dr. Colbert suggests that perhaps the trauma comes after the music, rather than before
  • people may be attracted to Dion because of the values attached to/associated with cultural objects, such as:
    • her rags to riches story
    • her loyalty to family
  • he deconstructed his own taste
    • he was a music critic
    • a big fan of hipster pop (like the band Ogre Milk)
    • attracted to subversive, extreme qualities of music
  • as a hipster, Wilson likes Celine Dion ironically
    • even though he believes it's sarcastic

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