“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
I admit from the outset that I am not a very good Bradbury fan. Bradbury, born 22 August 1920, published at least 27 novels and over 600 short stories (and likely wrote a ton more-he wrote religiously every day for almost 70 years) and I’ve only ever read one of his books, Fahrenheit, 451 and I only thought it was ok. One of his works that has stuck with me since I first saw it, though, is the made-for-TV movie The Electric Grandmother written by Bradbury and based on his short story I Sing the Body Electric (named for a Walt Whitman poem).
The movie tells the story of a widower and his three children who obtain an android grandmother to help assuage the loss of their wife/mother. It’s a lovely and heart-wrenching story and it affected me very strongly as a kid. Ray really knew how to hit you right in the feels, man.
Despite not having a great grounding in his works, I do really love Ray Bradbury for his love of and commitment to the art and craft of writing. Aspiring writers now have so much discouraging them (us) from pursuing our goals that it’s great to have the moral support of someone so influential in the field.
“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.”