Andrew J. Theising
Andrew J. Theising, Ph.D., is associate professor and chair of political science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His research focuses on industrial legacy in urban cores. He is the author of the award-winning Made in USA: East St. Louis and co-editor, with Terry Jones, of St. Louis Currents: The Fifth Edition, newly-released by Reedy Press (February 2016).
Posts by Andrew J. Theising
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.