Ray Bradbury

By now I'm sure you have heard that Ray Bradbury has died. I can't say that I was ever a huge Bradbury fan. I recall being a bit bored with Farenheit 451 when I tried reading it in middle school, but I was probably a little too young to appreciate it. I enjoyed The Martian Chronicles, though I read it so long ago that I only remember bits and pieces of it today.

But I did have a chance to see Bradbury speak when I was in college, and he said something that didn't mean much to me at the time, but which now has considerable resonance. You see, I am the sort of writer who is constantly down on himself for how poorly he writes. I can barely stand to open up any of my books, since the only things are all the clunky sentences I wish I had phrased differently.

Which is why I remember with a chuckle what Bradbury had to say on this matter. He said, “Some writers are constantly putting themselves down and are incredibly critical of their own work. Not me! I think everything I write is brilliant!”

Tags

More like this

By Festival Founder Larry Bock It's strange but true: some of the most prodigious innovations in technology are often not born in the corridors of rational thought and reality, but on the wings of fantasy. I was reminded of this recently while reading the various tributes to legendary science…
Here's the last few news reports: August 21: NASA's Curiosity Studies Mars Surroundings, Nears Drive NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has been investigating the Martian weather around it and the soil beneath it, as its controllers prepare for the car-size vehicle's first drive on Mars. The rover's…
My 2011 summer reading was pretty meagre this year. For various reasons too boring to go into here, there wasn't much actually much vacation for me this summer. I think I'll probably have a better December/Christmas reading list than summer. Such is life. Anyways, what I did read was pretty good…
Magic tricks are cool. Especially when the trick is really physics. In this trick, I can make one of the four balls move more than the others. (When you watch the video, you will see why I am not a professional magician). You could set this up in a variety of ways. I state that if we (me and…