For me, coronavirus has, at once, been a complicating and simplifying factor. The pandemic certainly complicated some aspects of my life. It has complicated relationships: I said goodbye to people for spring break not knowing that I might not see them for over a year, if not longer.
Jacob Finke studied international affairs and Chinese language at Washington University in St. Louis. He graduated in 2020 and wrote a senior honors thesis on U.S. intervention in the Chinese civil war. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, he now lives in Washington, D.C.
Posts by Jacob Finke
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.