There is perhaps one last chance for my exulted cohort, the baby boomers, to step forward and provide a moral voice and active leadership in righting the American ship of state toward its demographic realities. Those of us who are on the leading edge of our cohort are now moving toward our 70s.
Fernando M. Torres-Gil & Aryun Hahm
Fernando M. Torres-Gil is professor of social welfare and public policy at UCLA, director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary on Aging. Aryun Hahm is a doctoral student in social welfare. She grew up in Southern California, and currently resides in Los Angeles attending UCLA.
Posts by Fernando M. Torres-Gil & Aryun Hahm
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.