Authors: Justin Halpern
Date Published: May 4, 2010
This is a really funny read. Justin Halpern, who put up the twitter page ShitMyDadSays on 2009 wrote this book when reporters started contacting him to interview his father as his twitter page garnered millions of followers in a matter of days.
Sam Halpern is a straightforward old man with no filters. His vocabulary involves words like fuck, bullshit, and almost everything would come down to shit. Situations are analogized with going to the toilet to take a shit and just about shit.
Give your mother the front seat…. I don’t give a shit if she said you could have it, that’s what she’s supposed to do, and you’re supposed to say, ‘No, I insist.’ You think I’m gonna drive around with my wife in the backseat and a nine-year-old in the front? You’re a crazy son of a bitch.
You say you’re sick, huh? Well, it looks like you’ve come down with a case of bullshit. You ain’t sick. What’s the problem here? We just drove a goddamned continent, and I’m tired. Spit it out.
Justin's father is a well-educated man with a strong credibility in the scientific community. He is a cancer researcher in nuclear medicine at the University of California. He is jewish and yet, not entirely Christian. He is mostly scientific and doesn't care of what happens next after death.
When the author had this fit of contemplating about death, his father told him that there's only nothingness after death, an infinity of nothingnes. By then, he was already an adult and couldn't sleep, like hyperventilating due to sheer anxiety. So his father has to talk him down about it like this,
Jesus Christ. You need to take a fucking science course or something. What I’m trying to say is that what makes you up, it’s always been around, and it always will be around. So really the only thing you should worry about is the part you’re at right now. Where you got a body and a head and all that bullshit. Just worry about living, dying is the easy part.
As you can see, not only do you have a good laugh with this book, you'll also learn a lot of things in life. This book is a fast read. I was able to finish it within 5 hours and that's not taking a lot when you feel happy putting the book down.