Carl Wilson

The Vicarious MFA: Let’s Talk About Carl Wilson


Carl Wilson is an adorably nervous Canadian music critic who lives in Toronto and he came to do a little Q & A with some students here yesterday. Carl wrote a great book in the 33 1/3 series about Celine Dion and we read it in Jonathan Lethem’s masterclass a few weeks ago. That would have been the end of the story if it hadn’t been for James Franco mentioning the book while at the Oscars and a bunch of blogs (Pitchfork, Idolator, The Village Voice, etc.) making a ruckus about it. Then he got invited to be on The Colbert Report, thus leading him to Columbia’s Writing department to say hello and presumably thank James for the name dropping.


-Aesthetic relativism

-Autobiographies of taste

-Remembering that Celine Dion is a human being

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Vicarious MFA / 12 Comments
March 5th, 2009 / 6:36 pm