Venus Bivar is an assistant professor of history at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches courses in the history of France, political economy, and the environment.
Posts by Venus Bivar
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.