Despite this book’s overarching narratives of racial uplift via education, there is a suggestion that Peace’s narrative could be that of any other young person who came of age when optimism and free spirited partying without consequences gave way to recessions, terrorism, and a new era of anxiety.
Amber Jamilla Musser
Amber Jamilla Musser is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
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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.