1book140: Meet J. Nathan Matias

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As longtime readers know all too well, I have occasionally been derelict in my duties as your literary cruise director here at #1book140. No, no, you protest too much. The plain truth is that I can no longer manage our burgeoning book club all on my own. Luckily, the perfect person is stepping into the breech: J. Nathan Matias. From here on out, Nathan and I will be sharing administration, posting, shortlisting, and the simple, day-to-day fun of manning the feed. Here's Nathan:

1books140 is a venn diagram of things I love: Reading + Internet + Community. It's rare for all three to come together. When I studied postcolonial literature at university, technology was mostly a side project. During my time at startups like Texperts, Dressipi, and SwiftKey, books were things I read on my commute. At the Ministry of Stories, a creative writing center in London inspired by 826 National, our community was our local neighborhood. 

As a book lover and technology maker, I'm excited to join the 1book140 conversation, learn from the community, and discover new possibilities together. 

What do I do now? As a grad student at the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media, I make art, software, and social processes which empower people to become more creative, more effective, and more informed. My recent projects include the Festival of Learninggender representation in the news, how Twitter is quoted by the media, and acknowledgment platforms online. I'm on Twitter at @natematias and blog compulsively at civic.mit.edu/blog/natematias

December's shortlist of books will be posted momentarily.
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Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He previously worked as a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, where he covered the media and entertainment industries. In June 2006 he published "The Rise of Crowdsourcing" in Wired. In September 2008 he published a book on the subject for Random House. The book has been translated into 11 languages. Before coming to Wired in 2001 he was a senior editor at Inside.com and a writer at the Village Voice. In his 20 years as a journalist he has traveled around the world working on stories ranging from the impending water crisis in Central Asia to the implications of gene patenting. He has written for Time, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

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