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Advanced Elvis Course

4.53  ·  Rating Details ·  83 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Part psychedelic road-trip travelogue, part “Overheard in Graceland,” part mystic-religious devotional, CAConrad's unabated love for the King puts him on a pilgrimage to Memphis; on an Advanced Elvis Course. These bizarre, multifaceted short pieces are an homage bursting with love, oddball white trash, and twisted sincerity.

Using a mélange of breathless energy and flamboya
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Soft Skull Press (first published April 1st 2009)
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May 29, 2009 CA rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)


If you think Eternity isn't Elvis you haven't looked for his image in freckles on your backside. He's there, he's always there, waiting for you to turn your butt to the mirror and worship worship WORSHIP YOUR BEAUTIFUL ELVIS ASS FRECKLE. YAY! I look forward to the day you find him there! Peace be with you.

May 16, 2009 Eric rated it it was amazing
I had a dream the other night that I was in the White House Press Room. When it was my turn to ask a question, I instead started reading from Advanced Elvis Course. Everyone in the room was quiet. After I was done, I said in a shaky voice, "You should all go out and read Advanced Elvis Course by CAConrad." I wasn't scared when I was reading from the book, but I felt completely terrified after I was done speaking. In the dream, I felt that I had done something extremely important. I felt like som ...more
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Feb 13, 2017 Danny Caine rated it it was amazing
Philadephia's maniac poet-on-the-streets delivers a crazy plunge into mystical Memphis kitsch. After reading Advanced Elvis Course it's hard to look at the cult of Elvis the same way. After all, "the only difference between a cult and a religion is the size of the congregation."
Nov 10, 2012 Valerie rated it it was amazing
I really liked this. I think that I enjoyed The Book of Frank more, but this was also really good. I had no interest in going to Graceland before but I do now!
Feb 02, 2010 Dana rated it it was amazing
brilliant from the very first page, bravo CA
Jul 15, 2013 Ashley rated it did not like it
This is not a book about Elvis. This is a collection of nonsense by an Elvis obsessed pervert who really needs professional help to sort out a shitty childhood.
Nov 22, 2010 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
After reading this book, I can hardly believe I survived this long more or less deprived of Elvis. You need to read this book.
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CAConrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He is the author of 9 books of poetry and essays the latest While Standing In Line For Death is forthcoming from Wave Books in September 2017. He is a Pew Fellow and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Banff, RADAR, Flying O ...more
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