Monday Tally is a weekly link round-up of some of my favorite posts discovered over the week. If you have suggestions for Monday Tally, please e-mail sophisticated [dot] dorkiness [at] gmail [dot] com. Enjoy!
Sorry for the delay — I had a review scheduled yesterday so Monday Tally got put off a day.
- Rebecca Skloot: How Fannie Flagg and Hurricane Carter Shaped The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Friday Coffee Chat – Book Snobbery
- What Broke My Father’s Heart
Things to Think About
Jezebel posted a long piece about The Daily Show’s Woman Problem, arguing that behind the scenes the show is a boys’ club where women are marginalized. Slate’s Emily Gould responded, saying the post is an “example of the feminist blogosphere’s tendency to tap into the market force of what I’ve come to think of as ‘outrage world.’”
The World Cup decreased workplace productivity, even shutting down one plant in Italy after managers told workers they couldn’t watch the game.
Henry Jenkins, a scholar of journalism and participatory culture, posted the syllabus of one of his upcoming classes – Civic Media – which sounds awesome. I’m contemplating a personal reading project to keep up with the syllabus in the fall, since I’m sure I’ll be jonesing for school.
Rebecca Skloot talks to ReadRollShow about how she came up with the structure for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She says she was inspired by books like Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fanny Flagg and movies like The Hurricane starring Denzel Washington. This is super fascinating!
Amy (My Friend Amy) wrote an Open Letter to Borders and Barnes & Noble about a recent decision to drastically change (whitewash) the cover of Cindy Pon’s book Silver Phoenix.
Marie (The Boston Bibliophile) went on a mini bookstore tour of Seattle with some great pictures. I love this idea.
People are more productive when they work in healthy office spaces with plants and open windows. I’m taking suggestions on what flower to get for my drab cubicle.
Carin B (A Little Bookish) asks “Are You A Book Snob?” to which I have to sheepishly reply, yes.
Ereader News and Notes
One study suggests that people read faster in print than they do when reading an eBook, but that people like the experience of reading on a eReader about the same as a printed book (except for on PC screens – people didn’t like that). But, the study only looked at 24 readers, so there’s a lot more research to go on this one.
The Isthmus did a great story on a group of “at-risk” kids in a local neighborhood who are starting a salsa business using community grown food. I heard about this project when I was doing research last spring, but never got to write about it fully. It’s an amazing and inspiring story.
New York Times Magazine has a beautiful and sad piece about medical decision making called “What Broke My Father’s Heart” by Katy Butler. Butler did an interview with Neiman Storyboard about the development and structure of the story which is also quite food.
Old Media + New Media = Crazy Controversies
Woot.com called out the Associated Press for a hypocritical stance on the use of quotes in stories. Previously, the AP said it would charge ANYONE that quoted information from their stories (regardless of any potential fair use uses). Then, the AP went and quoted from a blog (Woot), and the blog wants payment. Good stuff.
ScienceBlogs, as website that hosts a number of really strong blogs on science topics, started one called Food Frontiers, which would be written by scientists from Pepsi. Lots of bloggers objected, saying it was basically advertising for Pepsi disguised as a blog (journalism). ScienceBlogs took Food Frontiers down and asked for suggestions. This analysis from The Lay Scientist sums it all up pretty well:
Instead, the scandal that will inevitability be dubbed Pepsigate, is ultimately about three things. The first is community identity – the fence that delineates the ScienceBlogs community from the rest of the world; the second is respect; and the third is the line between editorial and advertising.
I recommend the post for bloggers curious about any of these issues – I think they’ll come up in book blogging sooner rather than later.
The Blogger’s Toolkit
Glen at ViperChill: Viral Marketing wrote a great in-depth post about the ins and outs of guest blogging. I think this is a good overview for newbies, and a great refresher for others.
Big Bad Book Blog, the blog of the Greenleaf Book Group, is starting a series on blogging best practices – looks like it could be helpful for newish bloggers, especially later parts which including managing, promoting, and tracking progress for your blog. (Thanks, Exile on Ninth Street for pointing this out to me).
Books for My TBR
- No Place Like Home: A Memoir in 39 Apartments by Brooke Berman (via ModCloth BookSmarts) because I am a sucker for twentysomething coming of age stories.
- Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (via Monkee See) because the elevator pitch for the book is: “a talking, anthropomorphic cat detective navigating a painstakingly rendered urban landscape rife with violence and deceit.”
- Real Food: How to Eat and Why by Nina Planck (via Simple Good and Tasty) because I’m excited for BookClubSandwich and on a foodie book coveting kick.
I hope you didn’t miss Monday Tally too much yesterday, and that Tuesday Tally was worth the wait. Enjoy the links!