Thu
Oct 4 2012 6:00pm

This is the Last Thing Ray Bradbury Ever Wrote

This year’s installment of the excellent Dave Eggers edited analogy series—Best American Non-Required Reading—has a forward from none other than the late Ray Bradbury. And according to official Bradbury biographer Sam Weller this essay “...is the last thing he wrote.” The piece is called “The Book and the Butterfly” and it details the author’s first experiences with the joy of reading and checking out tons of books from the library. From the piece: 

When I was seven years old, I started going to the library and I took out ten books a week. The librarian looked at me and asked, “What are you doing?”

I said, “What do you mean?”

And she said, “You can’t possibly read all of those before they are due back.”

I said, “Yes, I can.”

The full excerpt is available on The Huffington Post. Read it there and get some tissue handy.

5 comments
TheMadLibrarian
1. TheMadLibrarian
My reaction was less teary, more "Damn skippy right!"
TheMadLibrarian
2. SueQ
Reading Bradbury's writing is like savouring a rich multi-layered dessert. The way he combined words -- setting the blueberries in the lemon chiffon -- just melts on your tongue as you read the stories aloud. Love his writing, miss him daily.
Alan Brown
4. AlanBrown
When I was a kid, my mom used to drive me to a Carnegie Library to get books. Now that she is too old to drive, I drive her to the same library. It always reminds me of a temple, which kind of makes sense when you realize how important books are.
Ian Johnson
6. IanPJohnson
Every time an old man dies, it is as if a library has burned down.

~ West African Proverb
Zorila Desufnoc Eht
7. AlirozTheConfused
I do the same thing. People always ask me how I can possibly read all the books I'm checking out.

And I always get them read.

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