In November 2017, I learned that my faculty position at St. Louis Community College would be one of 58 eliminated in a reduction in force. One year later, I sat with Michaella A. Thornton at Hartford Coffee in south St. Louis to talk about how we had each experienced, processed, and reckoned with the layoff […]
Melody S. Gee
Melody S. Gee is a freelance writer and editor in St. Louis, and the author of The Dead in Daylight and Each Crumbling House. She is a Kundiman poetry and fiction fellow, and her writing appears or is forthcoming in Commonweal, Blood Orange Review, Lantern Review, Ruminate, and Slippery Elm.
Posts by Melody S. Gee
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.