Finding My Dad After His Death Through Books, Paul Simon, and ‘This Is Us’

A book brought my dad back from the dead, to tell me things he never could have told me while alive.

Here is what happened. While touring for my book Seinfeldia, I appeared at the Broward Public Library Foundation’s annual Literary Feast fundraiser, which features a bunch of authors talking about their books and signing them. During the signing, I was seated next to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Robert Olen Butler. I overheard him talking about his new book, Perfume River, to an admirer, and explaining…