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Advanced Elvis Course

4.69 of 5 stars 4.69  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  5 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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Dec 21, 2010 CA rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (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.

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
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!
After reading this book, I can hardly believe I survived this long more or less deprived of Elvis. You need to read this book.
brilliant from the very first page, bravo CA
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CAConrad is the author of TRANSLUCENT SALAMANDER (TROLL THREAD, 2013), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON: New (Soma)tics (WAVE, 2012), The Book of Frank (WAVE, 2010), Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull, 2009), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull, 2006), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010). He is a 2011 PEW Fellow, a 2012 UCROSS Fellow, an ...more
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