“She lived as if the gospel were true.” —Daniel Berrigan¹ Dorothy Day’s autobiography, The Long Loneliness², was placed in my hands fifty years ago by Daniel Berrigan, Jesuit poet and prophet of nonviolence. Fresh from federal prison for burning draft files as a protest against the U.S. war in Vietnam, he […]
Bill Wylie-Kellermann is a pastor, teacher, and community activist in Detroit. His most recent book is Celebrant’s Flame: Daniel Berrigan in Memory and Reflection (Cascade, 2021).
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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.