Wisdom in Nonsense Reviewed in the National Post
From the review:
One of the great privileges of parenthood is distilling decades' worth of experiences down to a handful of aphorisms and anecdotes to which your child, for a few years at least, is obliged to listen. In novelist Heather O’Neill’s case, her father shared hard-earned wisdom culled from his early years as a petty criminal through to his work as a kind of philosopher-janitor. Unfortunately, his enthusiasm for dispensing life advice was in direct opposition to its practical application. But it certainly makes for good reading.