“Reading is a big reason why I have such a good relationship with my father. It has always given us something to talk about.” Justin Halpern, featured reader
Sh*t My Dad Says creator Justin Halpern’s life changed when he started Tweeting his 73-year-old father’s musings and life advice – making the recently dumped 27-year-old an Internet sensation, bestselling author, and TV show creator overnight. Now Justin hopes to change other peoples’ lives by sharing what he is reading (and the Sh*t His Dad Reads) with Scribd Read For A Cause.
“The power of words enabled me to change my life and realize my dreams and I believe it can do that for anyone.”
Halpern’s Read For A Cause collections are reflective of his dichotomous, almost satirical approach to life – serious meaning revealed through humor and exaggerated stories. Justin’s favorite books include a bestselling thriller about fundamentalist Mormons in Utah, Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, a Booker-nominated author’s story about 1850s voyaging, and Bill Simmons’ Now I Can Die in Peace, which takes a serious look at sports love using a Sh*t My Dad Says tone:
Rule No. 1: No sports bigamy – you have to select one team in each sport. Unless you live in Utah, you cannot root for two teams at once to hedge your bets, and you cannot unconditionally love two teams at the same time when there’s a remote chance that they might go head-to-head someday.
Never one to hold his tongue, Halpern’s 73-year-old father is also sharing his favorite books in a special Sh*t My Dad Reads collection, revealing himself to be an American classic with modern humor:
“Pick your furniture like you pick a wife: It should make you feel comfortable and look nice, but not so nice that if someone walks past it they want to steal it.”
-Kathleen Fitzgerald, Senior Marketing Manager (currently reading “Sh*t My Kids Ruined“)