The Illustrated Man

Ethan Gach

I write about comics, video games and American politics. I fear death above all things. Just below that is waking up in the morning to go to work. You can follow me on Twitter at @ethangach or at my blog, And though my opinions aren’t for hire, my virtue is.

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9 Responses

  1. greginak says:

    Well said. RIP Ray.Report

  2. MikeSchilling says:

    Nil nisi bonum and all that, but to me Bradbury will always be the science fiction author English teachers assign because they don’t understand science fiction.Report

  3. Kyle Cupp says:

    I’m not sure I’ve read more than a short story or two by Ray Bradbury. May he rest in peace.Report

  4. Ryan Noonan says:

    My favorite thing by Bradbury is actually From the Dust Returned, for whatever reason. Maybe because fantasy speaks to the thing inside me that science fiction spends so much time dissecting. Still, I’ll miss him.

    This post is really terrific, by the way.Report

  5. BlaiseP says:

    Ray Bradbury is remembered as storyteller but his creative talent wasn’t limited to stories. Bradbury did the creative consulting on Horton Plaza in San Diego and the Galleria Glendale.

    From the Playboy interview:

    P: How do you convince corporate leaders and bureaucrats that you have the right approach?

    B: They listen because they know my track record. The center of downtown San Diego was nonexistent until a concept of mine, the Horton Plaza, was built right in the middle of bleakest skid row. Civilization returned to San Diego upon its completion. It became the center of a thriving community. And the Glendale Galleria, based on my concept, changed downtown Glendale when it was built nearly 25 years ago. So if I live another ten years – please, God! – I’ll be around to witness a lot of this in Los Angeles and inspire the same thing in big cities throughout the country.Report

  6. wardsmith says:

    Ethan, I too was sad at his passing, but the man lived a long and rich life and that’s as much or more than any of us can hope for. And there’s always this video to cheer you up. I suspect Ray liked it. Warning not work friendly.Report

  7. Burt Likko says:

    I heard him give a speech a few years ago. I wonder if I’ll ever follow his advice, and I know that the longer I wait to do that, the harder it will be.Report

  8. N. Gach says:

    Long time reader, first time commenter.

    As brothers living under the same roof with a dad whose concept of subtlety is nebulous at best, I think I can safely say that my experience with Dandelion Wine mirrors your almost exactly. The exception being that I read it from the old battered copy that Dad had on hand.

    Bradbury’s works read differently to me too, but they speak more clearly than ever before. Not to harp on the metaphor, but when you take one of them off the shelf and open the bouquet of musty pages, there’s something of an earlier time there. And like any good wine, if you try to drink the whole bottle in one sitting, your palate fails to appreciate the subtleties and nuances of the flavors.

    In short — take small sips. Appreciate each chapter for what it is.Report