Why the 'Shakespeare of the F-word' is reading adults to sleep
Adam Mansbach, author of "Go the F*ck to Sleep," explains why Samuel L Jackson was his first choice for the audio book in this online exclusive.
He wrote this bedtime story for adults after his daughter turned two. Needing a little humor to cope with some of the frustrations of parenting a young child, the author decided to "play off the existing canon of bedtime literature" and traditional children rhymes — mixed with a few expletives.
As he watched his adult-intended bedtime book go viral, he was given a choice: Who should narrate the audio book? For Mansbach, there was no contest.
"No one curses as well as Sam Jackson," the author told chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown during a recent conversation in Brooklyn. Jackson, an Academy Award-nominated actor, has had a prolific and diverse career, but is maybe best known for his edgy roles, like those in films by director Quentin Tarantino, or for the cult film "Snakes on a Plane."
"He's the Shakespeare of the F-word," said Mansbach.
On November 12, he came out with a new children's book for adults: "You Have to F**king Eat."