Andrew Flachs is a graduate student in sociocultural anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on the production and adaptation of knowledge on organic and conventional farms.
Posts by Andrew Flachs
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.