The Wire would not necessarily be described as a series about race. But that was the beauty of it.
Calvin Wilson is film critic at St. Louis Post-Dispatch and host of the jazz program, “Somethin’ Else,” on the Radio Arts Foundation classical station. His short story “Attrition” was included in the anthology St. Louis Noir, edited by Scott Phillips.
Posts by Calvin Wilson
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.