Joel D. Howell
Joel D. Howell is a professor at the University of Michigan in the departments of internal medicine at the university’s medical school, health management and policy at the university’s school of public health and Vaughan Professor of the History of Medicine.
Posts by Joel D. Howell
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.