To study aging and its impacts on a campus that, seemingly, never ages can be a stark reminder of a crucial dynamic at work.
Brian D. Carpenter, Guest Editor
Brian D. Carpenter is associate professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.
Posts by Brian D. Carpenter, Guest Editor
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.