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Monday Tally: MayorEmanuel and Reading as Discipline

monday-tag-150px 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!

Katherine Rosman has a new column in the Wall Street Journal — her first is titled “The Dance of Marriage: Who Does What?” and discusses how couples balance the various tasks in a marriage.

The Atlantic figured out the identity of the man behind the @MayorEmanuel Twitter account, and did a profile of him. I loved this section that compares to Twitter to older forms of storytelling:

Whatever we end up calling @MayorEmanuel, the feed shares some characteristics with the picaresque novel. In the picaresque, adventures tend to happen in episodes. There’s usually some sort of (anti-)hero bopping around and you don’t necessarily expect one adventure to logically lead to the next. With reference to the traditional Spanish genre which emerged in the 17th century, scholars even like to talk about the fragmentation of the picaresque as indicative of a “refusal (or inability) to conceal the labour or process of writing.” Writing happens in fits and starts, so the finished product should look that way, too. And that’s the thing, with a Twitter narrative, your lines come stamped with a time and the kind of software used to send the message. You can’t conceal the process of writing, so you have to learn to love that transparency.

Those of you who use NetGalley for ebook galleys might find this useful — the site put together a list of things publishers look for in approving galleys. I don’t use the service as much as I could, but it’s a great option for people who like review copies and to review new books.

This open letter from Josh Marshwell, president of sales from HarperCollinsPublishers, wrote an open letter to librarians explaining the company’s new policy for ebook lending limits.

Andi (Estella’s Revenge) wrote about using reading as a form of discipline — intriguing!

Shelf Awareness had a Q&A with Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking With Einstein (my review coming this week!).

Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week because I read so many blogs that write great posts for The Sunday Salon. These are some of my favorites from this week:

And I almost forgot! My most recent books column posted online last week, so check it out if you’re curious about the fate of one local bookstore and some bookish events around Madison.

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  • Andi March 7, 2011, 7:11 am

    Woohoo! Thanks for the shout out on my discipline post. After a week, I can only say that it’s about halfway working. If we can get over the latest bump, I think it might be a long-term goal to redirect her behavior. Growing pains!

    And this is the first time in a long time that I’ve read most of your favorite blogger posts for the week! A testament to the fact that I’ve more or less crawled out from under my rock.

    Thanks for sharing, Kim! Looking forward to the Arugula discussion next week for BookClubSandwich!

    • Kim March 8, 2011, 5:59 pm

      Andi: That’s very cool. I hope that it continues to work! I think we have a similar blogging circle, so I’m not too surprised we’ve read lots of similar posts 🙂

  • Trisha March 7, 2011, 6:51 pm

    Awww…thanks for the link!

    I cannot wait to read your thoughts on Moonwalking with Einstein; five days have passed and I can’t stop thinking about it.

    • Kim March 8, 2011, 6:01 pm

      Trisha: I’m procrastinating on writing the review right now! There’s just so much to say, and I don’t know how to say it. Writing is hard!

  • Erin March 7, 2011, 9:26 pm

    Thanks for the link! I’m way behind on my blog reading, so your list will be quite useful for catching up 🙂

    • Kim March 8, 2011, 6:04 pm

      Erin: I’ve been on and off being caught up with blog reading — depends how lazy I get on the weekends!