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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  10 reviews
OG Dad recounts the adventures of a man who, in the proverbial autumn of his years, or at least the pre pre-autumn, discovers his girlfriend is pregnant. And having a baby. Whereupon hijinks, cosmic and mundane, ensues. A collection of celebrated columns on The Rumpus with new material and never-before-told tales, OG (Old Guy) Dad is Jerry Stahl at his finest and most ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Rare Bird Books (first published January 19th 2015)
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Jonathan Shaw
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the honor of doing a book signing with Jerry Stahl the other day, and all I can say is I'm glad I read first, as he would be a hard act to follow, reading some of the sickest, funniest, most authentic stuff I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. From the priceless tidbits I heard and almost fell out of my chair laughing at, this one promises to show Jerry Stahl at his very best. Get this one and laugh till you choke!
I want to thank Jerry Stahl, author (and Old Guy Dad) and Goodreads First Giveaways for the copy of OG Dad that I won in the Giveaway.

If you are looking for good humor, Jerry Stahl delivers in OG Dad. His point for view is unique from first being an older guy when he became a Dad for the second time and second from his Jewish background and years of drug and alcohol usage and recovery. He also has a good sense of humor and some real crazy ideas.

His instincts of what is important for his little
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All in all, pretty damn funny. And weirdly sweet (in a grouchy, yet charming Marc Maron/Tony Bourdain kinda way).

Even if I (the 48 year old mother of a 9 year old daughter) found myself alternating between vigorous nods of agreement and cackling in judgement at Stahl's bumbling parenting narrative...

I also found myself wishing he'd waited to write this when his new kid was older than 3. I mean, come on! Babies are EASY dude. Being an older parent and dealing with pre-teens or teens? Yeah, not
Ryan Leone
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to see Jerry do a live reading at Stories in LA. He's a super witty, hilarious, and humble legend; if you ever get a chance to see him do a reading, go. Although I'm a big fan of his fiction ( Bad Sex on Speed, Painkillers, I, Fatty, etc) I'm happy to see him return to his confessional stuff. Permanent Midnight made me a fan for life and OG Dad proves that he can still provide the sharp satirical commentary on his own life. Jerry Stahl is the kind of writer that makes you ...more
Steev Hise
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
For a lot of this book, I would reluctantly have to categorize Stahl's writing as basically "trying too hard." Occasionally he has a moment of real cleverness, or of real profundity. But too often he edges past those points and over the cliff of ham-fisted awkwardness.
I think if I wasn't myself a parent, and for that matter a quasi-OG Dad myself, I would only give this book 3, or even 2, stars. But there's enough stuff that resonates and is a smart take on things I've been living too, for it to
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had very little interest in this book's subject matter, dealing with being a new parent in one's post-fifties, but I like Jerry Stahl so much that I will read just about anything he writes. I was pleasantly surprised by OG DAD--Stahl's perspective on being a new parent was twisted enough to keep me well entertained--and uncomfortable--no one can provoke squirmy mortification quite like Jerry Stahl--the man is a master!
Amanda Morgan
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I'd never heard of Jerry Stahl before reading this memoir. Apparently it's not his first memoir, and his "real" job is writing columns for a Los Angeles newspaper. This memoir is actually a collection of his newspaper columns, specifically focused on the birth of his second child and his role as a later-in-life father, the "Old Guy Dad."

I did chuckle a few times, whether from the author's near non-stop caustic humor or from being able to relate to his baby-centric tales, this book is nothing if
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Permanent Midnight, but this book seems slapdash in comparison. I suppose the short-attention-span style of the book is appropriate, given that much of it was written during Stahl's sleep-deprived time as a new dad. But I just found it hard to sink my teeth into.

At times his writing is so overly clever and heavily reference-laden that it's exhausting to read. I almost gave up on the book halfway through. But I stuck it out, and it got a little better by the end (maybe because the baby
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book in a giveaway. I enjoyed Stahl's writing style, but couldn't identify with any part of this book. So, I never fully got into it.
Andrew Mclaughlin
Jun 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
I do wonder if he would ever have gotten this published without having previously published Permanent Midnight, not very good.
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Jerry Stahl (born September 28, 1953) is an American novelist and screenwriter, He is best known for the darkly comedic tale of addiction, Permanent Midnight, which was revered by critics and an ever-growing cult of devoted readers, as one of the most compelling, contemporary memoirs. A film adaptation soon followed with Ben Stiller in the lead role, which is widely considered to be Mr. Stillers ...more

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