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Rachael Harris
Review: Dad's in charge in the funny, smart 'Surviving Jack'
Review: Dad's in charge in the funny, smart 'Surviving Jack'

There is something both touching and irritating about Justin Halpern's dogged determination to build a career out of his father's matter-of-fact insights and profane lyricism. Halpern, you will remember, was one of the first to prove that Twitter could lead to Bigger Things — in 2009, just months after he began posting his father's salty sayings, Halpern had a contract for a book. This led to a television show called "$#*! My Dad Says" that starred fellow Twitter star William Shatner. It bombed in the spectacular fashion that often accompanies too much new-media hype. Halpern, bless his heart, remained undeterred, publishing another book about life with his...

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