Saturday, June 9, 2012

"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture...

... just get people to stop reading them."
 1966 (Associated Press)
"By many estimations Mr. Bradbury was the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream," wrote the New York Times on the death this week of sci fi great Ray Bradbury, who just last week had a piece in The New Yorker. We have his most famous title, Fahrenheit 451, in a paperback edition that uses art from the original 1953 dust jacket art on the cover. Bradbury on writing:
“You have to live in a cloud of emotions. You rev yourself up. Give yourself time in the middle of the afternoon, or when you’re waking up early in the morning, when you’re in that kind of wonderful, euphoric state in-between, on the verge of dreams when you get a kind of nuclear bombardment of all kinds of fragments of ideas jumping around inside your head and hitting each other. They begin to fuse and detonate each other. It’s a very hard thing to describe. You don’t have any control over your mind at a time like that, and you don’t want it, see? Let it run wild! Then watch it remotely at the bottom of your skull. Look up at all those things running around wild, then jump up and run over to the typewriter and feed them in!”
Below: still and poster from the film version by Francois Truffaut starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie.
 Have you read much Bradbury? Which books would you recommend?

8 comments:

  1. I definitely agree that you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. It's total book cruelty and books are vessels of knowledge. I am slightly ashamed to say that I've never read fahrenheir 451 but I will certainly check it out.

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  2. All Things Considered did an excellent piece on Ray Bradbury a few days ago. I haven't read Fahrenheit 451 since middle school, but it's messages are certainly still very relevant.

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  3. They always get there first! :)

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  4. I loved Fahrenheit 451! Although I also have not read it since middle school (more years ago than I care to admit). Sorry to say I have not read any other Ray Bradbury but now may be the time to supplement my reading list :)

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  5. Cornelius LoomisJune 11, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Bradbury is one of those sci-fi legends along with K. Dick that I have yet to jump into. I read 451 years ago, but need to revisit it. He's a legendary author. Check out this write up about his influence on music: http://www.manikmusic.net/news/3907/

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  6. Daedalus has a little book called "We'll Always Have Paris," which is a collection of 22 short stories. It's a great introduction to Ray Bradbury's writing. He was so good at creating memorable characters.

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  7. Dandelion Wine.

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  8. The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes. Awesome.

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