Michael Kaplan is a graduate student in Islamic and Near Eastern Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He was formerly a freelance journalist based in Istanbul, Turkey.
Posts by Michael Kaplan
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.