Stuff Nathan Likes

Konnichiwa! Thanks for coming to see my page. I’ve posted a few things I thought would interest almost anyone, but a few of them may be of Japanese flavor as I’m currently living in Japan. I hope you have a chance to check them out! In addition to acoustic folk/bluegrass/alternative music, character driven novels, and mind-bending movies, I love anything and everything that scares me, challenges me, or makes me feel like a child again. I hope you enjoy!
Shopgirl by Steve Martin– If you’re looking for a short and sweet novella (literally 1-day-read), and you liked any of Wes Anderson’s films, I think you’ll love this book. It’s like a shorter, tighter version of Tom Wolfe’s “I Am Charlotte Simmons” (144 vs. 688 pages). It was made into a film which I didn’t see, but as an author Steve Martin has an uncanny way of portraying characters with all humor and no judgement so that you have no choice but to fall in love with each of them. If you’re looking to laugh out loud, though, this is not the book for you. Don’t let the Steve Martin authorship fool you. There are definitely comedic moments, but the majority of this book definitely has a melancholic twinge that keeps the pages turning.