The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Heroes of American Literature #7

We here at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger . . . would like to note that, on this day, one of America's great writers of the last century, Ray Bradbury, turns 85. If you haven't read The Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes or any of the dozens upon dozens of short stories he wrote in the 1940s through the 1960s, then you qualify as deprived (benignly so) in our book.


Rob said...

I totally agree! I've had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bradbury a number of times over the years at book signings and the Comic-Con - he's an excellent raconteur, and still as ordinary as ever. His books were, and are, read until they fell apart, in our house, and replaced just as fast. A helluva writer!


sleepybomb said...

he is probably the most under-rated sci-fi writers of all time. even if he'd only written 'the chronicles', he would still be one of the best, just behind the big 3.

Richard Gibson said...

That's funny that we think of him as a sci-fi writer because in an interview with him on the DVD of 'Fahrenheit 451' he comments that he doesn't really see himself as a sci-fi writer.