What Is taste, Anyway?

June 13, 2014

Carl Wilson is a music journalist, and when he was offered a chance to write an entire book about one album, he chose Celine Dion’s “Let’s Talk About Love.”


Not because he loves Celine Dion’s music. Because he wanted to understand why so many others did, when he hated it.

Ultimately, he found himself learning about the philosophy of taste. What it means, why we have it (or don’t) and how we judge the taste of others.

Above is a ten-minute conversation between Carl and I on the subject. The rest of the interview – with a lot more Celine talk – will air on my NPR show Bullseye next week, but we wanted to share this as a web exclusive.

Give it a listen… and tell us what you think.