“It is certain that, with regard to corporal enjoyment, money can neither open new avenues to pleasure, nor block up the passages of anguish. Disease and infirmity still continue to torture and enfeeble, perhaps exasperated by luxury, or promoted by softness.”
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), often referred to as “Dr. Johnson,” was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer. The subject of perhaps the most famous biography in English, Johnson’s life and sayings were chronicled in James Boswell’s massive “The Life of Samuel Johnson.” Johnson also penned one of the first English dictionaries, as well as a series of biographies of numerous British poets (The Lives of the Poets) and two collections of essays (The Idler, The Rambler).
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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.