Reading With Matt Nathanson

Singer/Songwriter Matt Nathanson gained name recognition when his song “Come On Get Higher” earned Platinum status a few years ago, but he’s been making music — and laughs — for years. I found his music when I was in high school and fell madly in love with his work, as well as with him as an artist. He’s smart, funny, and his lyrics are beautiful. His live shows, which were the first I was allowed to go to, were always inspired, energetic, and, many times, super raunchy. I even had the chance to sell merch for him at one of his college shows on my 19th birthday, and I’ll always remember that as a super special gift because of how great the show was, how he played one of my requested songs, and how the energy from start to finish was just there.

October 2 marked the release of his tenth studio album, “Show Me Your Fangs.” Aside from being a musician though, Nathanson knows how to work social media beyond promotion of his own work. He’s dedicated to a variety of social causes, and he’s outspoken about his own privilege as a straight white man, both in the industry and beyond it.

 

But it’s not just his smart and savvy social media use that stands out: it’s also how much he loves books and reading. His Instagram especially is filled with books, book recommendations, and a clear interest and passion for reading. Here’s a round-up of some of Nathanson’s best book picks. It’s eclectic and fun.

Oh, and the number of times he’s tweeted about using and loving the library? A way into a former librarian’s heart.

 

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airplane reading. #ohmexico

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in bed. with a book. at 8:15. #YOLO

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subtle gift.

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good haul. #santaknowsmesowell

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this is so good i don't want to finish it.

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just finished.

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seeing this guy talk in a few minutes… #icanthearyou

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about to get owned.

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let's do this!

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i want this to blow my mind.

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right now is all about this. (thank you @musicsf)

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happy father's day to me!

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love me some library. #NYC

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On the last book he read from the library:

 

On books being removed from high school classrooms:

 

Opinions about Gone Girl:

 

On the bookstore to visit when you only have 24 hours in San Francisco:

 

On using the library when you’re not at home (my favorite!):