Saturday, October 06, 2012

Mr. Ray Persists

Every writer is influenced by others; the late Ray Bradbury definitely worked some magic on me.  This is a somewhat grainy but otherwise excellent video of him, talking about why we should write persistently:


  1. Helen2:27 AM

    Who doesn't love Ray Bradbury!?? Rachel Bloom did a humorous(adult pop) video (just look up Rachel Bloom+Ray Bradbury) on youtube. If the title offends you don't watch the video because it is even more explicit. She did an interview and mentioned that he had seen the video and thought it was very funny. Apparently he enjoyed it. It's been out a while, a couple of years I think. He inspired several generations of writers, scientists, explorers, and thinkers. I have read and loved almost all of his works. One of my favorites is "The Veldt". We read it in 5th or 6th grade and it has stuck with me all these years. I remember watching Star Trek the Next Generation and the "holodeck" and saying to my brother...hey that's from The veldt! Soon enough we will have technology that will mimic the visual (if not the physical) effects and we can point to Bradbury as the inspiration as he is for so many other ideas and scientific advances.

  2. Dandelion Wine was my life changer...well, after the eye-opener, Fahrenheit 451, read in school.

    In my travels I once met a guy who's parents were friends with Bradbury. This guy actually sat around the dinner table with him as a kid, absorbing the stories. Can you imagine?? To say I was green with envy would be a real understatement. ;D

  3. Thank you for sharing. I love what Bradbury said about using his experience in his writing. I remember The Lake from Ray Bradbury Theatre in the (I think) mid-80s.