Today’s post comes from the land of really cool things you find on the internet.
A guy named BigZ7337 posted this on the Reddit Book forums a couple of weeks ago.
Hey, did you know that The Great Gatsby comes out on Friday? Have I mentioned that before? Did you know I’m a Gatsby fan? I haven’t talked about that before, have I?
You know I’ll have to review the movie after I watch it (going on Sunday). I might do that next week.
In the meantime, here’s a great way to kill a few hours while you are at work today. Don’t blame me, though.
It’s a 100% fully functional, fully playable online version of The Great Gatsby NES video game from the 1980s.
This is what the internet was made for, my friends.
Gatsby in a video game? Weird. But crazy cool weird. Here’s how it works, according to the Gatsby game website that hosts it.
A couple of weeks ago, we discussed whether or not we cared about owning signed copies of books. I mentioned that, for the most part, I could care less–with some exceptions, like legendary authors, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, etc.
When I said that, I naively thought a signed book by one of those authors might costs several hundred dollars, maybe a thousand or so. Boy, was I an idiot.
After doing a little research at Peter Harrington’s site–he’s a bookseller who specializes in signed, first-edition books, I realized just how stupid I was for thinking such books would go for so cheap.
Here are just a few examples I pulled from Harrington’s site:
My son will be 3 years old in June, and I love the fact that he’s into reading. A day usually doesn’t go by without him asking me or his mom to sit down and read a book with him.
During all those reading sessions, I’ve learned that he’s an imaginative little guy.
So I decided to put that imagination to use and see what he thinks about the books I read, not just the books about Elmo and Thomas The Train and Lightning McQueen.
So I grabbed a bunch of classic books, got him to sit in my lap, showed him the cover of each book, and then asked him one question: “What do you think this book is about?”
He took it from there:
This is one of the coolest stop motion animations I’ve ever seen. It was created by an artist named Marcel Shindler, whose drawing ability is just ridiculously good, and you must watch it.
If you’ve read one Hemingway, it’s probably The Old Man and the Sea. This stop motion animation captures that novel in one of the coolest ways imaginable.