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Publisher's Summary

Every life reaches that crucial intersection, the place where you must choose your fate, or have it chosen for you. For best-selling author Rich Cohen (The Fish That Ate the Whale, The Last Pirate of New York), it came in a writing workshop senior year in college, when, at 17, he had to knuckle under to a ruthless professor or make a righteous, self-defeating stand. 

The story of that decision and the resulting struggle takes us from the winter streets of Chicago to the candy-colored bars of New Orleans to the glory of late 20th century Manhattan, while raising certain fundamental questions: What’s the difference between constructive and destructive criticism? What can a father do to help his child and when has he gone too far? Is it worth telling a bully to f--k off even if it may determine the direction of the rest of your life? 

You will meet indelible characters along the way, especially Herbie, the author’s father (author of the classic business book You Can Negotiate Anything) who wears two watches, one on each wrist, because, as he says, "A man with one watch thinks he knows the time, while a man with two watches can never be sure."

At once funny and serious, this story is perfect for any parent wanting to help their kids find their way in the world, or for any kid who just wants to be free.   

©2019 Rich Cohen (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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About the Creator

Rich Cohen is the author of The New York Times bestsellers Tough Jews; Monsters; Sweet and Low; When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead (with Jerry Weintraub); The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones; and The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse. He is a co-creator of the HBO series Vinyl and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Harper’s Magazine, among other publications. Cohen has won the Great Lakes Book Award, the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, and the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for outstanding coverage of music. His stories have been included in The Best American Essays and The Best American Travel Writing. His latest book, The Last Pirate of New York, is out in paperback in June 2020.

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to mush foul language

did not finish it. first few lines in the book totally turned me off! how do I get it out of my library?

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Foul Language Warning

The language was offensive from the beginning! Audible does not put in any kind of text in the description of these Originals that the language is bad. there was a brief warning at the beginning of the book but by then you've wasted one of your credits. There are adults out here that don't have the language of a teenager or thug and don't want to listen to it when seeking entertainment.

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A Little Gem

Very funny and moving. Will make you laugh out loud. Definitely worth downloading. I’d like to see it in book form.

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Huh? That’s it?

A highly engaging series of loosely connected stories that go exact nowhere. Superb writing skill keeps you on the hook in anticipation of a future that never comes.

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Brilliant

I love this story. Mr. Cohen has created an amazing psychological comedy that stirred my imagination. His father was one of those geniuses that you wish with your father.

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Bad Dad

Rich Cohen’s story pulled me in with every story within a story and another story. I was mouthing the word of the poem, YES it was a poem, as he spoke it clearly to the “professor.” I loved the grit and quiet determination of his “bad dad” who I believe is the hero rightfully hunting those people killing Jews in the Holocaust. That “bad dad” was the best ever. He knew what he was up against in New Orleans. He knew the fight had to continue until he wore them out. It’s a fight that must continue today.

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I enjoyed this

This was fun to hear. I like the author's voice and humor. Narration is very good. I'm looking for more from this author.

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Excellent

Excellent!
I enjoyed every minute.
I only wished it was longer.
I’m going to look for other things written by this author.

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Priceless Chutzpah!!

Where else can you listen to real life stuff & laugh at the incredible chutzpah!

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A tasty slice of life

Rich Cohen’s memoir is a great look at his experiences in becoming a writer. I appreciated the telling of the pompous professor and his creepy teaching methods. I feel like this behavior was (in varying degrees) common form in academia during my art school years as well. And the description of his father’s antics and achievements was beautiful. All in all, a great quick listen. Thanks!

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