There was a time when you could read an article in a magazine about Celine Dion without bumping into Roland Barthes...
Those days are behind us.
From this week's TimeOut NY preview of Celine's concerts in the NYC area:
"When Dion covers James Brown, she does it with a straight face, which just adds insult to insult for those who think a square, white Canadian chick has no business messing with the Godfather. In the mid-70s, Roland Barthes said that the real taboo isn't sexuality anymore, but sentimentality. Dion's unabashed embrace of the latter is what makes her so compelling as a performer: She has no inner filter and is genuinely moved by emotions, no matter where they come from, no matter how embarrassing they may make her look."