Elvis Is Dead and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself

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M-OTPOct2-1If you have never read “Elvis Is Dead and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself,” do yourself a favor. It’s an incredible book by the late Southern humorist, Lewis Grizzard. You couldn’t live in Atlanta for the last 30 years and not be aware of our hometown boy and the wisdom of his writing.

On its surface, the book is about the author’s early life in the 1950s and ’60s, a much simpler and perhaps safer time. Behind the humor lies Grizzard’s reflections on coping with deteriorating societal values. Written in 1984, shortly before he passed away, it remains one of my favorite books. Much of the style and wordsmithing I attempt to put into my writings was certainly influenced by Grizzard’s conversational way of telling his stories.

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