Within Phil's posted source: The imprint’s name, “Simon451,” pays homage to Ray Bradbury’s seminal science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451, which has influenced countless readers, writers and publishers, and which Simon & Schuster published in e-book for the first time in 2011, along with other works by Bradbury.
Posts: 2674 | Location: Basement of a NNY Library | Registered: 07 April 2005
Nicole Meier, author of the new book "House of Bradbury" is going to be in LA for a signing at: Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, at 7pm this Thursday June 2nd.
I have read the book, which came out on May 10th, and it is charming.
Nicole was inspired by reading about Ray's house sale and later its demise. She has written a lovely book about a young writer buying the house (instead of what really happened) and how living there changes and inspires her. Even though Nicole was never in Ray's home she did her homework well and really captures both the floor plan and feeling of the house. Plus, she captures much of Ray in her story.
Ray's family read it and gave their approval before the book came out.
Just wanted to let y'all know.
Posts: 83 | Location: Bernalillo, NM USA | Registered: 16 July 2002
Mr. Bradbury had a very profound effect on my life. I'm an artist/filmmaker/composer and have been a Bradbury fan since I was in grade school - decades and decades ago. I had the chance to meet him at a book signing in San Francisco. I had no idea what to say to him that he probably didn't hear hundreds of times each day from fans and fanatics. The only thing we had in common was that neither of us had ever learned to drive a car. So, that's what I told him. He smiled that happy "Ray smile" and said "Good for you!" He then told me of how, when he was young, cars were dangerous death traps and that many of the people he'd grown up with never grew up to be adults. He was very serious and wistful telling me how those childhood friends would never know what he'd done with his life. He told me I'd done a smart thing by never learning to drive - and asked me to never learn to. He was quite serious and had me shake his hand on it. Now, years later, whenever I'm asked how a grown man can still not know how to drive a car, I tell them Ray Bradbury made me promise to never learn how. That pretty much ends the discussion. I mean, if Ray Bradbury makes you promise to never do something, you must never, ever, do it!
Posts: 2 | Location: Vermont | Registered: 01 January 2017
Wow, check this quote from the "His Own Words" section of Taupin's website.
"Explaining the meaning behind certain songs. Someone once came to the conclusion that 'Madman Across the Water' was about Richard Nixon. Fabulous! How do you top that? Which is exactly why I prefer not to. Other people's theories are much more interesting and exactly the reason why it should be left to individuals to use their imagination and make something cryptic their own. I love that. Who cares what I was thinking? Having folks create their own scenarios for a song’s meaning is immensely gratifying, it’s half the reason I like this gig.
I'll be honest…with my shoddy memory a lot of those old songs are a fog when it comes to recalling their genesis. I could tell you one story today and a different one tomorrow and either one could be true. No, if you’ve got a theory about 'Levon' or 'Take Me to the Pilot that’s what it is and that’s how it should be. Once it’s out there it’s open season and I’m good with that."This message has been edited. Last edited by: dandelion,
Posts: 7067 | Location: Dayton, Washington, USA | Registered: 03 December 2001