A Public Sphere for Poetry, Nature, and Politics
In this clip, author Ray Bradbury talks about our relationship with violence, love, laughter and sadness. Bradbury was a fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction writer, best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man.
Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, Live forever! Bradbury later said, “I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped.”
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Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)