Eight Hours of Feldman

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I just binge-listened to the audiobook Coreography, by Corey Feldman, and dammit I have the feels.

It’s not that I can really call myself a hardcore Feldman Fan, but hell– I’m 38. He was part of my zeitgeist of youth, along with Haim and Ralph Macchio and Wynona Rider and a slew of other young actors.

He starred first in the films I was simply allowed to see as a kid, like Gremlins and The Goonies, then in those we watched at sleepovers like License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream, and of course those we watched over and over as angsty teenagers, a la Stand by Me.

Coreography came out a few years ago and has actually been on my wish list for a while. I finally caved and bought the audio version for myself recently, because — and I’m not sure why — Feldman and some of his fellow actors who got their break in the eighties had been on my mind. Stories in the media tripped my curiosity, maybe… regardless, it’s a great listen. Here are a few reasons why.

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• Feldman is characterized as a lot of things, but one thing I never hear is ‘excellent impressionist.’ Guys. Corey Feldman is an excellent impressionist, and it adds something great to the audiobook experience. In all seriousness, he should pursue more narration opportunities, because he’s good at it. He has a particularly good Michael Jackson impression, in fact, and it’s not weird–really. It’s just a fantastic rendition of a very distinct voice.

• If you’re a Gen-Xer like me, there are a lot of nostalgic time-checks from Feldman’s point-of-view that add more to the book than just context. We remember that McDonald’s commercial, for instance, but not like he does. Damn. It’s these bits of heartbreak that give Coreography its substance — it’s not just nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake.

• His public persona notwithstanding, this autobiography is surprisingly self-effacing and relatable. It made me want to see him succeed in some real, meaningful way; whether it’s winning an Oscar or making the best sandwich ever, I’m rooting for him.

• I have little-to-no reason to believe that the majority of his story isn’t true. At times, it’s tough to listen to. It checks out… It rings.

Give it a listen via audible if you’re so inclined, and leave any similar book recommendations in the comments.

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