R.I.P. Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury passed away this week, but his message about the importance of books remains as alive as ever. A letter written in 2006 explains his debt to libraries, and how an early version of Farenheit 451 was made possible thanks to a typing room in a UCLA library. Reflecting on the irony of writing a book about book burning while surrounded by letters, Bradbury writes, "All of my friends, all of my loved ones, were on the shelves above and shouted, yelled and shrieked at me to be creative."