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Like an alchemist, Taylor Swift turns stray thoughts and abject emotions into global cultural touchstones—and into piles and piles of cold, hard cash. What do her fans get out of it?
In its response to modernity, Romanticism's grand enterprise inspires us to question the current state of things, to ponder how we might "be heroes / just for one day".
It's hard to think of another male pop singer who could hold his own alongside exceptional female vocalists like Céline Dion.
Writing a pop song might entail skipping easily across the surface of a subject, but depth and purpose is critical for a memoir.