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OG Dad by Jerry Stahl
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really liked it
bookshelves: children, fun, spirit-self, memoir, own-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 be worth wading past the dumb bits. I think maybe Stahl's been in the Hollywood TV writing world for too long, or something. His writing here often feels like Groucho Marx trying to be Charles Bukowski - or maybe vice versa. I have felt for years like I would like to someday read his celebrated memoir "Permanent Midnight", but if it's the same level of craft as this, I might not get around to that.

Still, there are some great gems. He adequately conveys some of the experience of being a creative, "edgy", but aging, guy who finds himself, amazingly, a new father. If you don't care about the aging part, I think Neal Pollack's "Alternadad" is a better read. But Jerry Stahl has clearly been through the shit and come out the other side.
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Reading Progress

July 13, 2015 – Started Reading
July 13, 2015 – Shelved
July 13, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
July 13, 2015 – Shelved as: children
July 13, 2015 – Shelved as: fun
July 13, 2015 – Shelved as: spirit-self
July 13, 2015 – Shelved as: memoir
July 13, 2015 – Shelved as: own-it
July 31, 2015 – Finished Reading

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