Alfred Darnell has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He has been teaching in the Political Science Department and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis since 2002.
Posts by Alfred Darnell
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.