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About the Creator and Performer

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.

What listeners say about Screen Door Slam

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OUTSTANDING

Rich Cohen beautifully tells a baseball story
that is a metaphor of life. It is fun listening about fascinating characters.
Highly recommended.

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Unpleasant Surprise

I thought this would be a wonderful story of a game that I love. It really started out that way. Then unexpectedly it started dropping F-bombs. Why ruin a good story that I could share with my younger family with that?

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Possibly cathartic for the author

This was a well-written excerpt of life over a couple summers for a suburban young adult with daddy issues. I think it only appeals to those directly involved in the story because there is seemingly nothing learned nor resolved from the tale, a d the ending is quite abrupt.
Because the author is skilled, I would have liked to have heard a follow-up to the final event and if he gained any wisdom from it.

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The days of summer

Having played a ton of Chicago 16" softball about a generation before Rich Cohen, and knowing the territory where he played, I really enjoyed this story. A different sort of coming of age book, with some great insights into life and what happens to our dreams when egos (Cohen's, his father's, and several other players) get in the way.

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Not a baseball story

I’m not a baseball fan, but this is not just a baseball story. It’s a story of youth, friendship, lessons learned & parental wisdom. I enjoyed it.

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Great Story

Very nice story. Thank you for telling us about the North Shore Beer League. Should have listened to the Old Man... 😉

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Nostalgia from the 80’s

As a Glencoe resident I was glad to come across this book. As such, I’m a bit biased especially having been a baseball fan in the 80s. Really enjoyable listen, the memories for the author haven’t lost their meaning or sentiment.

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Unfinished story

Feels over written to me. Then ends unfinished. A lot of bluster and not a lot of substance.

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Requires a specific audience

Well written and well-enough performed. Captures a moment in a kids life well, just not interesting to me at this moment in mine.