Susan Frelich Appleton
Susan Frelich Appleton is Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis.
Posts by Susan Frelich Appleton
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.