Don’t Join the Book Burners: On Bradbury, Eisenhower, Mitt and the Mind

By: Sunday June 10, 2012 9:30 am

Few film scenes have had as deep an impact on my life as the final scene among the “Book People” in Francois Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451. The film was based on Ray Bradbury’s novel, which had been published in 1953, the year I was born. I saw the film in the fall of 1966, when I was 13, not long after I’d read the novel on the advice of a friend. I’ve been with the Book People ever since. The great independent book store here in Austin is even called “Book People.” I call it Home.

 

In Memoriam, Ray Bradbury

By: Wednesday June 6, 2012 2:45 pm

I don’t remember my reactions to the stories themselves so much as what came after — a lifelong love of both Bradbury’s work and science fiction in general. I read everything by him I could find, from his horror and sf through to his more conventional works about life in Ireland. As a boy, I loved his paeans to boyhood and the joy of fresh new sneakers in Dandelion Wine. I read The Martian Chronicles over and over, breaking the spines of multiple copies.

To Honor Ray Bradbury (1920-2012): Some Ideas to Memorize

By: Wednesday June 6, 2012 11:29 am

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury died on Tuesday at the age of 91. I thought we might honor Bradbury’s life and work by passing on a few ideas that are worth preserving as we ponder the meaning of Wisconsin and mourn America’s descent into union bashing and income inequality, enforced by secrecy, propaganda and protected financial looting.

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