Look at that punim.

Look at that punim.

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.

Thanks, Ray.

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.”

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