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Ray Bradbury’s Commencement Speech at Caltech

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So, what I’m saying to you is this—20 years from now, I’ll be 100. But I’m still going to be alive, and I’m going to meet a lot of you. And I hope I’m not going to say to you, “You son of a bitch, what have you done with your life?”

Whatever it is—whatever it is, do it! Sure there are going to be mistakes. Everything’s not going to be perfect. I’ve written thousands of words that no one will ever see. I had to write them in order to get rid of them. But then I ‘ve written a lot of other stuff too. So the good stuff stays, and the old stuff goes.

I wish the speech at my graduation had been nearly this heartfelt, eloquent, and true. 

Author Ray Bradbury’s Commencement Speech at Caltech | via the way we are & @settern

UPDATE: I also wish he’d lived to be 100.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 8th, 2012 at 11:51 am

Live forever!

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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.

A portion of the announcement of Ray Bradbury‘s passing from

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 7th, 2012 at 9:41 am

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Where are you taking me?

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“Where are you taking me?”

The car hesitated, or rather gave a faint whirring click, as if information, somewhere, was dropping card by punch-slotted card under electric eyes. “To the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies.”

Bradbury’s The Pedestrian.

Sad to say, I think we are closer to this than we ought to be.

| via Mike J. Moran, via Roger Ebert

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 7th, 2012 at 9:35 am