This week's Dog Ears feature what seems like the most boring video game ever made as well as another venture in crowdfunding:
- So when I said I thought the idea of video games based on books was cool, I didn't mean books like The Great Gatsby: "The Great Gatsby, Now a Video Game." SPOILER ALERT: Unless I get to be the driver of the car that mows down Daisy at the end, I really don't think I'd want to play. (via Book Ninja)
- Find out "Which Dystopian Future is Right for You" by taking Flavorwire's quiz. I scored mostly E's, which means Cormac McCarthy's The Road is right for me. It's just me and my shopping cart. (via The Millions)
- Gary Shteyngart of The New York Times writes about the impact that our "techno-fugue" state has on our ability to connect to the world around us in meaninful ways in "Only Disconnect." (He's not wrong. I have to mute my BlackBerry and hide it in order to get anything done that requires more than two minutes' attention.)
- If you want to read more about connectedness (is that a word?), check out Laurie Winer's review of Hamlet's BlackBerry. Did anyone else not know that PAPER : SOCRATES :: SMARTPHONES : SCHTEYNGART? I might actually have to check this one out...
- Find out which literary giant you kind of but don't really write like at "I Write Like." My results came back with Kurt Vonnegut, whom I've really been meaning to read but haven't quite gotten around to yet. (via The A.V. Club)
- Kathleen Alcott's piece, "From Shrinking Solid to Expanding Gas: The Writing Life" at The Rumpus is absolutely beautiful. Read it.
- Crowdfunding is rearing its head again, this time in France and by an organization rather than a starving artist: "'Crowdfunding' for French Books."