After an adult Halpern moves in with his parents, he starts tweeting things his Dad says. In short order so many people are following his tweets that the media contacts him for interviews and appearances. Those tweets are compiled and found in Sh*t My Dad Says. While I found most of the things his father says hilarious, I appreciate that some people are disturbed, not only by the foul language he uses, but the manner in which he addresses his children. For me, what saves the book from condemnation is that when told in context, it is obvious that Halpern Sr. loves his children. This is not always true of adults who do not use foul language around or directed at their kids. And thus, I forgive him.
Halpern Sr. is that rare individual who is inexplicably able to use foul language effectively. Most people just sound crass and vulgar. Halpern tells his boys things they need to hear in the best way he knows how. Please, however, don’t try this at home. I doubt you can pull it off.