Justin Barr is a resident in surgery and an instructor in history at Duke University. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in history, Barr simultaneously matriculated to Yale University, where he earned his PhD in the history of medicine, and the University of Virginia, where he earned his medical degree.
Posts by Justin Barr
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.