Jerry Stahl is perhaps best known for his 1995 memoir Permanent Midnight, later adapted into a feature film, which chronicles his heroine abuse and includes the infamous story of him shooting up just moments before he held his newborn baby in the delivery room. A few years ago Stahl had a new child and returned to the subject of babies in the novel Happy Mutant Baby Pills, and now he’s published the memoir OG Dad: Weird Shit Happens When You Don’t Die Young. In this special father’s day interview, LARB contributor Paul Cullum talks to Stahl about being an older father, about being an ex-junkie, and how Stahl’s new book fits into the parenting genre.

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Paul Cullum is a writer and journalist living in Los Angeles.