“Our span of life is divided into parts; it consists of large circles enclosing smaller. One circle embraces and bounds the rest; it reaches from birth to the last day of existence.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, also known as Seneca the Younger (4 BC-AD 65) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist who was also tutor and, later, advisor to emperor Nero. Born in Cordoba, Spain, but raised in Rome, he was forced to commit suicide for his alleged complicity in a conspiracy to assassinate Nero. Many scholars consider his “Letters to Lucilius,” of which “On Old Age” marks the twelfth in the collection, a formative work in the foundation of the essay.
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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.