Rejoice, book geeks! It’s the birthday of one of my favorite authors, Ray Bradbury!
It’s a shame, I know, but I never really paid attention to Bradbury until I began seeing his obituary on the internet. I was never a big sci-fi fan (I’m still not a big sci-fi fan), so I never saw any use for him until about two years ago when, in one of those obituaries, I read that he was the author of Fahrenheit 451, a novel about a bleak dystopian future where fireman are paid to burn books. At the time, the novel sounded mildly interesting, so eventually, I went to the library and checked it out (because I wasn’t yet sure if I wanted to spend money on it). But after being so skeptical of Bradbury, I soon found out that he is one of the best and smartest writers to ever put ink to paper. Fahrenheit 451 was great in and of itself, but I wound up loving the author even more than his book: the way he thought about the world, the way he charted his own path, and the passion he showed for writing all blew me away. The longer I go on, the more it seems as if God is yanking my sleeve and telling me to be a writer; in that case, I hope I can be one like Ray Bradbury, a writer who wasn’t afraid to say what needed to be said, who was completely in love with his job, and who could inspire the whole world with his ideas.
Today is also the perfect opportunity to show you this video I found a while ago of a lecture Bradbury gave at a university back in 2001. In the lecture, he talks about his favorite authors, how one should go about learning to write, and all sorts of fun, nerdy stuff like that. Go ahead and take a listen.
And just because I’m nosy . . .