The Phenomenon of ‘Sh*t My Dad Says’
Justin Halpern’s Twitter page in book form
In the book, Halpern
awards his brutally honest but hilarious father with the distinction of being
the “least passive-aggressive person on the planet,” while at the same time
likening him to “Socrates, but angrier and with worse hair,” on the inside
cover. With father and son together again last year, Halpern decided to, at the
suggestion of a friend, create a Twitter page to “keep a record of all the
crazy things” his dad said.
It was a good
suggestion. “Shit My Dad Says” quickly became a Twitter smash, as thousands—and
then hundreds of thousands—of people discovered Halpern’s crude and enjoyable
one-liners. “Shit My Dad Says” currently has more than 1 million followers, and
where there are numbers there are networks and publishers waiting to cash in.
“Shit My Dad Says” is scheduled to become a sitcom starring William Shatner on
CBS. And now, as a book, it’s a New York
Times best seller.
The book will not
disappoint fans of the Twitter feed. It is a hilarious, often embarrassing,
sentimental account of growing up—specifically, growing up in the Halpern
household. Every chapter is funny, but some are exceptionally so, like “Never
Assume That Which You Do Not Know,” which chronicles a hellish family road trip
from San Diego to Washington. Or “A Man’s House Is His House,”
which involves a shotgun, awkward nudity, and an immensely awkward aftermath.
As the author of Sh*t My Dad Says, one might expect Halpern to shy away from serious conversations and vulnerable moments, but he doesn’t—and when these moments do occur, they do so naturally and believably. This is especially true of his father, who through Twitter was introduced as a “character,” but through the book reveals himself to be a man who really loves his family, in addition to his daily bowl of Grape-Nuts.