Another Chunk of my Youth Exits the Mortal Coil

Well, there is nothing like finishing an extra long shift at work and coming home to find out that one of your favorite authors has died.  It made me very sad to learn that the late, great, Ray Bradbury has passed away at the ripe age of 91. With the recent passing of MCA I have been contemplating that there must be a time for every generation to begin mourning the increasingly frequent loss of its’ influencing agents.  This seems to be my time.

I have read and re-read Bradbury’s short fiction and novels so many times that I cannot possibly put a number to it.  The influence this artist has had on my life is profound, and judging by the Twitter traffic today he has similarly touched the lives of many other people as well.

So what’s the appeal?  Bradbury’s easy style and sense of wonder undoubtedly prove that there was still at least a little magic left in the 20th Century world which has been transferred via the simple life progression of in tune literary aficionados in the 21st Century.  For me personally, Bradbury captured the essence of boyhood and all of the desperate missions, yearnings. aspirations, and considerations that come with it.  His stories often revolve around profound personal change and wonder and have served to ward off ultimate romantic/intellectual separation within my life. I have made it to 34 without surrendering to a jaded adult pessimism that hardens the soul and I feel like I wouldn’t have that without Bradbury.

An interesting side note as I am thinking about the 20th Century is that the other magical beings summoned to mind are Aleister Crowley and Isaac Asimov.  Not so interesting?  How about the fact that the most notorious magician in the last century died on December 1, 1947 while Bradbury’s’ first publication (Dark Carnival) was released in October of the same year.   Perhaps the universe passed on a metaphysical torch of sorts.  Alternately, Asimov might have been the flip side to Bradbury’s’ Sci-Fi in that he seems most able to deal with highly sophisticated hard science fiction but ultimately misses the mark when it comes to revealing the illogical workings of the human experience and these two writers seem to fully complete the spectrum of influential and popular literature for our modern era.

-“There are worse crimes than burning books.  One of them is not reading them”. Ray Bradbury

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