While The Other Americans makes for a compelling read with its digestible chapters, its alternating perspectives, and its many layers, an overly ambitious scope means that some of the subjects it tries to tackle receive scant attention.
Sarah Mills is a Lebanese-American writer based in Italy. Her poetry and articles have appeared in the LA Review of Books, PopMatters, Al Fanar Media, Panoply, and Ink & Oil.
Posts by Sarah Mills
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.