Mondo Elvis: A Collection of Fiction and Poetry about the King

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Elvis is, and always will be, The King. Even as he (probably) lies in his grave at Graceland, he lives on in his music, his movies, on the Vegas stage, through the U.S. Mail, and on these pages. Mondo Elvis is a compilation of Elvis dreams, Elvis desires, and Elvis nightmares. This collection of stories and poems by, among others, Greil Marcus, Nick Cave, Mark Childress, Diane Wakoski, and Janice Eidus, track the Elvis legend from beginning to end. They depict Elvis the man, as well as the myth, they reflect on ...
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Overview

Elvis is, and always will be, The King. Even as he (probably) lies in his grave at Graceland, he lives on in his music, his movies, on the Vegas stage, through the U.S. Mail, and on these pages. Mondo Elvis is a compilation of Elvis dreams, Elvis desires, and Elvis nightmares. This collection of stories and poems by, among others, Greil Marcus, Nick Cave, Mark Childress, Diane Wakoski, and Janice Eidus, track the Elvis legend from beginning to end. They depict Elvis the man, as well as the myth, they reflect on the life that was, and ponder the life that might have been. Elvis will never die. We can't let him. We need him too much.

The duo that brought readers Mondo Barbie are back with a look at the life and times of the King. This collection of stories and poems by Alice Walker, Greil Marcus, Mark Childress, Nick Cave, Diane Wakoski, and others tracks the different aspects of the Elvis legend.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ebersole and Peabody's ( Mondo Barbie ) new collection will be published on Elvis's birthday, January 8. ``We'd do the music that Elvis would have done if only the Colonel hadn't put him in all those corny movies,'' Pagan Kennedy's would-be Elvis impersonator says in one of the less credible pieces. Other far-fetched stories make Presley a figure in today's world; Harold Waldrop turns him into a senator who takes jazz clarinetist Dwight Eisenhower as his ideal. More interesting are period pieces in which Elvis is peripheral: Diane Wakoski's poem about a teenager in a home for unwed mothers circa 1956 and an excerpt from Mark Childress's novel in which a white Southern boy chances upon a black radio station. Some of the finest pieces concern contemporary reactions to the dead idol: the woman in Cathryn Hankla's story searches for her dreamboat using each date's adoration for Elvis as a test; Laura Kalpakian contributes a wonderful excerpt from Graced Land (recently turned into a TV movie starring Roseanne Arnold) about a social worker contemplating her upcoming marriage while calling on a welfare mother who lives and dies for Elvis. Selections vary greatly in quality, but the best pieces make reading well worth the effort. (Jan.)
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From the editors of Mondo Barbie (St. Martin's, 1993) comes another anthology of an icon. Elvis is portrayed in these stories and poems as he was, both in youth and middle age; as he might have been had different paths been taken; and as he always will be in is fans' dreams and fantasies. Here he is a man constrained by fame in Rachel Salazar's evocative ``Words and Pictures,'' a politician on the rise in Howard Waldrop's ``Ike at the Mike,'' and a Hasidic Jew hiding out in the Bronx after faking his death in Janice Eidus's ``Elvis, Axl, and Me.'' Some of the best of these selections are parts of works the Elvis faithful are likely to know; still, they're gathered here to be wrapped in blue suede paper and published January 8, which would be Elvis's 59th birthday. For pop culture collections and Elvis fans everywhere.-- Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L. , Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312105051
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/20/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228

Table of Contents

Tupelo 1
From Tender 4
Young Elvis 16
From Elvis Presley Calls His Mother After the Ed Sullivan Show 17
Words and Pictures 22
Elvis Cuts Loose 30
Blue Suede Shoes 39
Jungle Music: The All-Time All-Star 1950s Rock 'N' Roll Movie 42
Ike at the Mike 49
From Cousins 64
W. C. W. Watching Presley's Second Appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show": Mercy Hospital, Newark, 1956 72
The Assassination of Robert Goulet as Performed by Elvis Presley: Memphis, 1968 74
Nixon Names Elvis Honorary Federal Narcotics Agent at Oval Office Ceremony, 1973 75
Elvis Moving a Small Cloud: The Desert Near Las Vegas, 1976 76
At Graceland with a Six Year Old, 1985 77
Pharoah's Palace (Memphis, 1988) 78
From Stark Raving Elvis 81
From The Girl Who Loved Elvis 84
Elvis, Axl, and Me 94
Elvis P. and Emma B. 101
From Elvis Presley Boulevard 102
From Graced Land 113
Sproing! 135
An Elvis for the Ages 152
Elvis's Bathroom 154
The Annunciation 170
The Resurrection of Elvis Presley 189
The Elvis Cults 192
Elvis 203
Elvis in Perspective 208
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