The Bohemian Love Diaries: A Memoir

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Infused with southern charm, this irresistibly weird and wonderful story chronicles Slash Coleman's upbringing in a warped but warm-hearted household of eccentric artists. Descended from a posse of off-beat immigrants--including a grandfather who danced at the Moulin Rouge--and raised near the capital of the Confederacy during the 1970s and '80s, young Slash sets out to find true love. Unfortunately, he's his own worst enemy. Obsessions with Evel Knievel, rock band KISS, and crisscrossing the country to find the ...
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Overview

Infused with southern charm, this irresistibly weird and wonderful story chronicles Slash Coleman's upbringing in a warped but warm-hearted household of eccentric artists. Descended from a posse of off-beat immigrants--including a grandfather who danced at the Moulin Rouge--and raised near the capital of the Confederacy during the 1970s and '80s, young Slash sets out to find true love. Unfortunately, he's his own worst enemy. Obsessions with Evel Knievel, rock band KISS, and crisscrossing the country to find the girl of his dreams set his quest for happiness on a hapless course. Hilarious and profound, Coleman slowly comes to terms with his father, a genius sculptor and volatile alcoholic, and his mother, a Holocaust survivor who makes him promise never to reveal that he's Jewish. A touching portrait emerges of a young artist whose passionate spirit refuses to be suppressed. A swift kick to the funny bone, The Bohemian Love Diaries and its laugh-out-loud perversity conjure Jonathan Ames and Augusten Burroughs with a tender edge, revealing what might have happened if John Hodgman raised Holden Caulfield in Chuck Palahniuk's attic. It will leave you howling.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
A Library of Virginia People's Choice Award Finalist"Slash Coleman does justice to his subject—and then some ... by turns darkly comic, side-splittingly funny, and poignant."—New York Journal of Books"Coleman exhibits flashes of humor and thoughtful introspection. Passages analyzing his mother's reasons for hiding her Jewish identity prove especially moving. ... An entertaining examination of the plight of an artist's progeny."—Kirkus Reviews"This one-man off-Broadway act is proving over and over again that he has the ability to tell a story in a way that few can. His words capture us, his drive amazes us, and his works entertain us.—Slush Heap blog"An uncommonly good book ... Slash is a wicked storyteller. But, unlike many other successful TV, radio, or just-in-your-living-room storytellers, he also knows how to put his stories on paper in a way that doesn't make them wilt. And the book is frequently very funny. Even more: in places it really makes you laugh out loud ... But there is a lot of tenderness and love in this book. ... So yes, go and buy The Bohemian Love Diaries, it will not change your life, but it will definitely make it richer. Enjoy."—Simply Jews blog"Everyone has a story, but how you tell that story is what will be the deciding factor that shines a spotlight upon the past you. Author Slash Coleman has a spot light so damn bright upon him you would think his alter ego was Batman. However, the story he tells will literally cause Batman to hang his head in shame. And that is AWESOME. The Bohemian Love Diaries is one that most of us could only ever dream of. I like to visualize it is a fluid mix of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets Moonrise Kingdom but factual. ... This book will show you the growth of a child to man who knew love, found love, lost love, and wrapped it all up in a crazy offbeat adventure called life. By the end of the book, you will wish your life were even a fraction as quirky as Coleman's and will be suggesting it to everyone to read."—Musing with Crayola Kym blog"A heartbreak of a memoir ... Slash can write, and write well, and make me laugh out loud at the idea of a boy hacking at a tree, but it took him a serious journey to get to where he was writing down his own story. ... I loved every embarrassing moment he shared. ... It's a bit Running with Scissors mixed with Mennonite in a Little Black Dress meets I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell has dinner with every six-word memoir book made at Smith, sleeps with Girl, Interrupted. ... The book ends in a full-circle road trip with his father. I won't give it away, but it's beautiful. I don't often say a plot is beautiful, but the way that this bohemian discovers the truth of his father is devastatingly pretty. Not girl-pretty, just something-floating-in-space-pretty. This book won't be hard to spot since the cover has a small child in underwear and a helmet, which makes complete sense to parts of this story. I dare you to read it to get to the truth."—Books and Bowel Movements blog"It's a barrel full of crazy. Coleman writes in such a way that I felt I was reading a Dali painting. If you like your biographies on the quirky side, then you'll enjoy this book. It's one of the most original, entertainingly weird books I've read in a long time."—I Feel So Unnecessary blog"Slash Coleman has de-gentrified my soul."—GARY SHTEYNGART, New York Times–bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story"Slash Coleman has a fresh point of view, an original story, and tons of style. The Bohemian Love Diaries is a fun, raucous read by a fantastic storyteller."—MISHNA WOLFF, bestselling author of I'm Down"Coleman comes alive on the page in this memoir about the bizarre and beautiful life of a free spirit and artist who navigates through life with his heart. It's easy to fall in love with him as a reader, and I can't decide if I wished I was on the journey with him or if I'm completely content to simply read about it and enjoy the laugh. One thing is for sure, Evel Knievel would be proud."—OPHIRA EISENBERG, host of NPR's Ask Me Another and author of Screw Everyone"Slash's endearing and idiosyncratic memoir feels wonderfully intimate, like he's whispering his life's greatest and most heartbreaking moments right into your ear. A lively, wonderful read."—MARA ALTMAN, author of Thanks for Coming
New York Journal of Books
Slash Coleman does justice to his subject—and then some ... by turns darkly comic, side-splittingly funny, and poignant.
Gary Shteyngart
Slash Coleman has de-gentrified my soul.
Mishna Wolff
Slash Coleman has a fresh point of view, an original story, and tons of style. The Bohemian Love Diaries is a fun, raucous read by a fantastic storyteller.
Ophira Eisenberg
Coleman comes alive on the page in this memoir about the bizarre and beautiful life of a free spirit and artist who navigates through life with his heart. It’s easy to fall in love with him as a reader, and I can’t decide if I wished I was on the journey with him or if I’m completely content to simply read about it and enjoy the laugh. One thing is for sure, Evel Knievel would be proud.
Mara Altman
Slash’s endearing and idiosyncratic memoir feels wonderfully intimate, like he’s whispering his life’s greatest and most heartbreaking moments right into your ear. A lively, wonderful read.
Slush Heap blog
This one-man off-Broadway act is proving over and over again that he has the ability to tell a story in a way that few can. His words capture us, his drive amazes us, and his works entertain us.
Simply Jews blog
An uncommonly good book ... Slash is a wicked storyteller. But, unlike many other successful TV, radio, or just-in-your-living-room storytellers, he also knows how to put his stories on paper in a way that doesn't make them wilt. And the book is frequently very funny. Even more: in places it really makes you laugh out loud ... But there is a lot of tenderness and love in this book. ... So yes, go and buy The Bohemian Love Diaries, it will not change your life, but it will definitely make it richer.
Musing with Crayola Kym blog
Everyone has a story, but how you tell that story is what will be the deciding factor that shines a spotlight upon the past you. Author Slash Coleman has a spot light so damn bright upon him you would think his alter ego was Batman. However, the story he tells will literally cause Batman to hang his head in shame. And that is AWESOME. The Bohemian Love Diaries is one that most of us could only ever dream of. I like to visualize it is a fluid mix of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets Moonrise Kingdom but factual. ... This book will show you the growth of a child to man who knew love, found love, lost love, and wrapped it all up in a crazy offbeat adventure called life. By the end of the book, you will wish your life were even a fraction as quirky as Coleman’s and will be suggesting it to everyone to read.
Books and Bowel Movements blog
A heartbreak of a memoir ... Slash can write, and write well, and make me laugh out loud at the idea of a boy hacking at a tree, but it took him a serious journey to get to where he was writing down his own story. ... I loved every embarrassing moment he shared. ... It’s a bit Running with Scissors mixed with Mennonite in a Little Black Dress meets I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell has dinner with every six-word memoir book made at Smith, sleeps with Girl, Interrupted. ... The book ends in a full-circle road trip with his father. I won’t give it away, but it’s beautiful. I don’t often say a plot is beautiful, but the way that this bohemian discovers the truth of his father is devastatingly pretty. Not girl-pretty, just something-floating-in-space-pretty. This book won’t be hard to spot since the cover has a small child in underwear and a helmet, which makes complete sense to parts of this story. I dare you to read it to get to the truth.
I Feel So Unnecessary blog
It's a barrel full of crazy. Coleman writes in such a way that I felt I was reading a Dali painting. If you like your biographies on the quirky side, then you'll enjoy this book. It's one of the most original, entertainingly weird books I've read in a long time.
Kirkus Reviews
Professional storyteller and Psychology Today blogger Coleman looks to his past in this eclectic coming-of-age memoir. Acutely aware of the influences of his drifter sculptor father, "a cross between Ringo Starr and Daniel Boone," and Holocaust-surviving mother, the author trumpets the bohemian tendencies that inspired his own artistic development. Early on, the author describes his father's recurrent escape fantasy of road-tripping to Alaska with a clarity that essentially characterizes the thematic structure of the memoir and his life: "saturated with abandon and testosterone and bound with some kind of twisted love plot." Buffeted on the one hand by his artist father's rather public paranoia concerning all things adult and, on the other, his mother's fear of self-revelation, Coleman's identity formed in the fulcrum of these opposing forces, and he displayed a dramatic penchant for passionate attachments and anti-establishment behavior. As the author matured, he often found himself pining for some unattainable or unsustainable love interest while trying and often failing to measure up to traditional expectations, whether in an MFA writing program or the workplace. One particularly memorable scene occurred in Maine, where Coleman had landed a temporary position as a substitute teacher and had been asked to give a talk on education at a fundraiser for the incumbent governor. His original plan was to "speak for five minutes and then give a short whirling dervish demonstration." Instead, for some reason unbeknownst even to him, Coleman slowly removed all his clothing, which resulted in the eventual losses of both his job and his love at the time. While the author's account exhibits flashes of humor and thoughtful introspection--passages analyzing his mother's reasons for hiding her Jewish identity prove especially moving--the memoir is far too episodic and inconsistent to cohere. An uneven but entertaining examination of the plight of an artist's progeny.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762786985
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,434,320
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Slash Coleman wrote, produced, and starred in the PBS special The Neon Man and Me, which also won the United Solo Award for best drama. The personal perspectives blogger for Psychology Today and a regular contributor to Storytelling magazine, he appeared on the NPR series How Artists Make Money and is creating The New American Storyteller for PBS. He lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    I was afraid to read my son's memoir. I heard recently that auth

    I was afraid to read my son's memoir. I heard recently that authors who write their memoirs are self indulgent and full of lies. So, I decided to be like 50 Cent's grandmother who never listens to his rap music and always says she she loves it. But, curiosity finally got the best of me or else I decided reading it for myself was better than my imagination reading it.  Slash Coleman's book "The Bohemian Love Diaries," made me laugh, cry, and say "Amen" a few times. Yes, this is also my life through my child's eyes and I am grateful for his forgiveness. Anyone who has wondered what a family is like that lives with addictions, drama, crisis, mistakes, love and family values might want to join our family for a holiday dinner and please bring a copy of the book with you. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Slash's biographical search for love in The Bohemian Love Diarie

    Slash's biographical search for love in The Bohemian Love Diaries compares to a spiritual, "chemical-free", organic rendition of Hunter R.Thompson with lessons learned in the end.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Truly a great read. Laughter, frustration, and tears, all of the

    Truly a great read. Laughter, frustration, and tears, all of the things needed to keep a reader engaged and have trouble putting it down. Everything a true book lover enjoys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    The first chapter had me laughing out loud.. wanting more. What

    The first chapter had me laughing out loud.. wanting more. What a wonderful book it was funny and profound.
    Full of all the entertainment we would expect from a Memoir by Slash. Can not wait for the next book.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

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    * I was given a free copy via the publisher in exchange for an h

    * I was given a free copy via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

    " It's seven minutes after midnight, and I'm standing in a silver shopping cart with a bad wheel in
    Harvey's Meat Market and Grocery facing a Standoff Sandwich."

    With those opening lines, I knew this memoir was going to be totally different from the other memoirs I have read. It's a barrel full of crazy.Coleman writes in such a way that I felt I was reading a Dali painting. If you like your biographies on the quirky side then you'll enjoy this book. It's one of the most original, entertainingly weird books I've read in a long time.

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  • Posted July 24, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Everyone has a story, but how you tell that story is what will b

    Everyone has a story, but how you tell that story is what will be the deciding factor that shines a spotlight upon the past you. Author Slash Coleman has a spot light so damn bright upon him you would think his alter ego was Batman. However, the story he tells will literally cause Batman to hang his head in shame. And that is AWESOME.
    From an eclectic artistic father who always saw everything in his own defined way, a mother who hid behind her Jewish bloodline, and twin sisters who scared the crap out of him for the longest time, this book will show you the growth of a child to man who knew love, found love, lost love, and wrapped it all up in a crazy offbeat adventure called life. By the end of the book, you will wish your life were even a fraction as quirky as Coleman’s and will be suggesting it to everyone to read.  Read more at Musing with Crayolakym

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