Maybe my third post on this topic will be the charm this time (due to the boards being down).
In an effort to boost the "Ray's Legacy" forum numbers(since I feel his legacy is far-reaching),I challenge all to post in three words or less his present and future legacy to the world.
So far, my three words are passion, poetry, daughters.
A school assignment? Like a Haiku "less is more" thing?
Okay. Here's my initial take.
I go with "wonder" (The sense of wonder and magic I feel when I read his work.)
I submit "poetic", rather than poetry. (While he does poetry, I think his strength is that his prose is poetic.)
I list "ideas". (I know this isn't strong in a self-explanatory sense, but Bradbury turned me on to the power and complexity of ideas, and I can't think of a one-word expression of that.)
So: Wonder, Poetic, Ideas
I liked what someone once said about Ray's prose. He called it ...
Ray BradBuried Treasure
But then there's::::
Unfathomable (like all great art);
Bonding (you don't easily forget you read a Bradbury story);
Incomparable (need say more?)
[This message has been edited by Nard Kordell (edited 11-03-2002).]
I love your choice of the word "wonder" as one of his legacies. Everything that that word embodies touches on the magic of living. One of my favourite parts of Fahrenheit 451 is when Granger says to Montag: "Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child (hence my choice of the word daughters) or a book (Poetry is found in all of his books from fiction, poetry, to non-fiction;his words always take you farther, deeper; Ray bleeds poetry.) or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made."
My first word choice "passion" is the zest and gusto he speaks of in Zen in the Art of Writing. Passion is everything.
In the same Granger scene, he speaks of your word "wonder" when quoting his grandfather: Stuff your eyes with wonder,' he said, 'live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world.'
Any more three word takers out there?
While agreeing with the others, I'd like to add:
haunting - some of his stories never leave you once you've read them;
joy - in living, learning, remembering;
books - no one writes them, or about them and their creators, as beautifully, as poignantly, as Ray does.
Unique, Unforgettable, Universal.
Magic, truth, hope.
Fantastic, Inspiring, Timeless!
(Along with "all of yours" above.)
three words that are Ray to me!
Engaging: He forces you to use your imagination and creates images and moments of truth that say with you indefinitely
Spirited: His enthusiasm with words and emotions makes many passages feel 'alive'
Daring: his stories cover an amazing range of topics and emotions that is virtually unheard of with many of today's big-name writers
And the often used(perhaps OVER used).
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