Ray Bradbury: An Appreciation

6 06 2012

My friend and colleague, Chris Mooney, wrote this moving appreciation of author Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles) who died yesterday.  Enjoy!

http://www.crmooney.com/2012/06/a-hero-of-mine-ray-bradbury-died-yesterday/

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A hero of mine, Ray Bradbury, died yesterday (1920-2012).

I remember picking up “Something Wicked This Way Comes” for $0.75 from a used book store in Ottawa, Canada the Spring of 2010. Beth was there for business and I tagged along for the day and had time to burn. I opened to the Prologue and read, “First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. But there be bad and good, as the pirates say.”

That’s all it took.

I devoured it over the next several hours, and many times since. It’s a restaurant I love to visit when I want something divine that melts in my mouth. And if I don’t have time for the full meal, I stop in and grab a paragraph for dessert knowing that wherever my finger lands on the page, it will be the sweetest.

The world is less bright today with him gone.

If you aren’t familiar with Bradbury, he has written such works as “Fahrenheit 451,” “The Martian Chronicles,” and my favorite book of all time, “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” I have read many books, hundreds, and his writing leaves me speechless every time I read it. The way he creates scenes with his words, meaning from his metaphors, and depth of character leaves me in awe.

And none of it is contrived because Bradbury loved.

He loved books and the words that made them. He loved people, butterflies, and even the things that scared him.

And he wrote these things.

Here is an interview with Ray Bradbury that I love to watch. Maybe in hearing him talk about what he loves, he will inspire you,

“Now, remember this: Love is at the center of your life. The things that you do should be things that you love, and things that you love should be things that you do.”

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6 responses

6 06 2012
Kristin Barton Cuthriell

Important thing to remember.

6 06 2012
Christian Fahey

I think so too, Kristin. Do what you love!

6 06 2012
C.R. Mooney

Thanks for thinking enough of Ray to repost this.

6 06 2012
Christian Fahey

It was a well-written tribute, Moon. I was inspired by how pumped you’d get reading Bradbury. Something about fresh turns of phrase that inspires us as writers. Thanks for writing it!

7 06 2012
I’ve never worked a day in my life… – Lead.Learn.Live.

[…] If you are interested in a personal perspective on Bradbury, check out Christian Fahey’s post at The Upside: Ray Bradbury: An Appreciation […]

7 06 2012
Christian Fahey

Thanks for the pingback, David. I let Mooney know as well!

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