Gerda W. Ray
Gerda W. Ray is a Professor Emerita of History at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and was a member of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Veterans for Peace in St. Louis. She now lives in Austin, Texas.
Posts by Gerda W. Ray
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.