Monday Tally: MayorEmanuel and Reading as Discipline

by Kim on March 7, 2011 · 6 comments

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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