The Bohemian Love Diaries: A Memoir

The Bohemian Love Diaries: A Memoir

by Slash Coleman


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762786985
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.87(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

author's note vi

Part 1 love me

1 the great escape 2

2 major league pop fly 8

3 the last american gladiator 15

4 perpetual underdog 28

5 odd time signatures 35

6 the acquisition of skipper 44

7 the most beautiful sukkah in the entire world 55

8 the hornet conspiracy 62

9 a vue shtet geschreiber 70

10 high school musical 74

11 premature evaluation 81

Part 2 love me not

12 o'virginity 86

13 rules by which a great declaration may be produced 94

14 the gateway gig 98

15 the battle of shiloh 103

16 devil moose 109

17 peep show 120

18 how to bust your best friend's ass knoxville-style 126

19 educating harmony 136

20 the complete reference guide for overly dramatic suicidal artist-types in 41 easy steps 140

21 the german atonement package 149

Part 3 love me

22 love in boxes 158

23 love in 12 courses 165

24 baby with the bath water 170

25 anatomy of a whirl 173

26 love at first sight or by other routes 186

27 clean sweep 192

28 courtyard with lunatics 194

29 the rise and fall of the great corn bread warrior 205

30 beauty & voluntaries 218

31 love fight club 220

32 the days run away like my wife's hair over the hills 229

33 bohemian love baggage 235

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