Ray Bradbury

There’s a great interview with Ray Bradbury in the Spring 2010 issue of The Paris Review. Check it out.  Here are a couple of samplings:

On the New York critics and literati:  “It’s the terrible creative negativism, admired by New York critics, that caused [Kurt Vonnegut’s] celebrity. New Yorkers love to dupe themselves, as well as doom themselves. I haven’t had to live like that. I’m a California boy.”

On college writing classes:  “You can’t learn to write in college. It’s a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do — and they don’t.”

On writing Fahrenheit 451:  “Montag came up to me and said, I’m going crazy. I said, What’s the matter, Montag? He said, I’ve been burning books. I said, Well, don’t you want to do that anymore? He said, No, I love them. I said, Go do something about it.  And he wrote the book for me in 9 days.”

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