I have to admit I wouldn't have read Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (2007) by Carl Wilson if it wasn't for the glowing endorsement from Nick Hornby in More Baths Less Talking. It is one of the more unconventional volumes in the 33 1/3 series of long essays on significant recordings (Joe Pernice's book on REM's Meat Is Murder is a short story while Colin Meloy's volume on The Replacement's Let It Be is a memoir). Wilson's book is a mediation on criticism and taste. He tackles Celine Dion for a number of reasons: her apparent popularity among the general public, her iconic status as a Canadian, and the source of personal derision by the author. Wilson's style is conversational and academically authoritative as he has obviously done his research on the philosophical origins of taste, camp, schmaltz, and kitsch as well as tackling certain contemporary pop digressions. Here's a look at the Table of Contents: 1. Let's Talk About Hate, 2. Let's Talk About Pop (and Its Critics), 3. Let's Talk in French, 4. Let's Talk About World Conquest, 5. Let's Talk About Schmaltz, 6. Let's Sing Really Loud, 7. Let's Talk About Taste, 8. Let's Talk About Who's Got Bad Taste, 9. Let's Talk With Some Fans, 10. Let's Do a Punk Version of "My Heart Will Go On" (or Let's Talk About Out Feelings), 11. Let's Talk About Let's Talk About Love, 12. Let's Talk About Love. Here's a few gems from the book as well: "Tastes," wrote poet Paul Valery, "are composed of a thousand distastes." / "My aversion to Dion more closely resembles how put off I feel when some says they're pro-life or a Republican: intellectually I'm aware how personal and complicated such affiliations can be, but my gut reactions are more crudely tribal." / "For a century or more, sentimentality has been the cardinal aesthetic sin." I think this is one of the more thought provoking and entertaining books I've read in some time.