November 19, 2006

"I don't want my gobblegook nonsense 'Romantic' cathartic unstable keening published."

Writes Courtney Love in her book of gobblegook nonsense "Romantic" cathartic unstable keening that gets a pretty good review in the NYT today. The reviewer, Emily Nussbaum, confesses a fair amount of love for Love.
There was a moment — let’s say 1989, since that’s when I discovered her — when Courtney Love seemed like the solution to every girl’s problems. A brazenly feminist punk rocker with big hips and a sloppy grin, she was the first female celebrity in a long time who wasn’t embarrassed to take up space.
Nussbaum's right! I've long specialized in approving of Love when others are out to get her. Read my old posts:

Untitled. I regard Love's wild behavior on the Letterman show as an actor's performance, playing a character, and quote what she says about judges: "The thing about judges that's cool is they're a lot like rock stars. They just get their own damn way."

"About a girl."
I tell you to leave her alone, as she attends "American Idol" with her beautiful daughter.

"Courtney and the Pamela Anderson Roast."
Again I defend a wild performance that other people trash: "So the show was utter crapola but somehow everyone wrote about Courtney, because apparently it's so fun to attack her. Interestingly enough, it turned out that Courtney had the best control over how to do a celebrity roast right. Everyone was holding a drink and badly faking high spirits, but she outdid them all, convincingly displaying a roasty attitude. When it was her turn to speak, she did her part perfectly. She played the rocker who deigned to stop by to give Pamela real rock cred because she loved her. She did her lines and her moves and then she kissed Anderson's high-heeled foot. Well played, Courtney! Chez Althouse, we love you!"


George said...

Aside from being a sloppy drunk (and probably a hellish parent), what exactly has she done to win such plaudits?

"Her 1994 album “Live Through This” was the first rock I’d ever heard that really focused on women, with lyrics about breast-feeding and rape and competition, but done with humor and a nutsy aggression rare among female performers. I listened to it about 50 times."

Wow, cool, the reviewer listened to the album, like, 50 times!

"We get scribbled rants and lyrics, set lists, posters — everything from a Mickey Mouse Fan Club rejection note to an e-mail exchange with Lindsay Lohan."

Man, that is so cool. 'Scribbled rants'! Just like one of those long speeches by Shakespeare.

It's depressing to imagine what her publisher paid for the contents of her garbage can.

Anonymous said...

Love is a sad and empty woman, as are most celebrities.

Love is irrelevant, as are most celebrities.

We will always have freaks among us.

CB said...

Agreed--Hole was a great band and Love is one of the very few genuine female rock--not pop--stars. This explains, I believe, the dislike of her: rock stardom is for men, and if a woman does it (and does it well) she is held to a double standard. (oh my god am I agreeing with feminists?)

And by the way, what is this habit among Althouse commenters to write in one-sentence paragraphs? I find it quite annoying.

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knoxgirl said...

Courtney makes me sad. Like Madonna, I used to really like her. They both just seem like camera chasers now.

paul a'barge said...

You (rhetorical) go watch Courtney in the Larry Flint movie and in the Andy Kaufman movie (starring Jim Carrey) and then try to convince me she's a toad.

She may be one in her personal life, and certainly her music sucks, but that girl can act her ass off.

paul a'barge said...

Here is a good shot of Courtney at work in the Andy Kaufman movie.

Needless to say, she impressed the heck out of me with her acting.