How Ray Bradbury Predicted 2020

By |2020-07-06T16:33:02-05:00July 7th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Community, Literature, Modernity, Ray Bradbury, Senior Contributors|

In Ray Bradbury’s understanding, the government might very well be wicked and evil, but it would always follow the lead of the Masses and become their tool, rather than the other way around. I’ve been reading the works of Ray Bradbury since grade school. Probably like many of my generation, I was introduced to him [...]

Time and Our Present Whirligig

By |2020-06-02T01:41:34-05:00May 31st, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Culture, Literature, Ray Bradbury, Senior Contributors, Time|

What makes time so wonderful is that it humbles us as well as inspires us. And if we simply recognized each person on social media as a complete human being born into a specific place and a specific time, we might be able to get past so much of what we erroneously label as discourse. [...]

Modern Plagues and the Prescience of Ray Bradbury

By |2020-05-14T19:42:56-05:00May 14th, 2020|Categories: Christine Norvell, Fiction, Imagination, Literature, Modernity, Ray Bradbury, Senior Contributors, Technology, Television|

Little did Ray Bradbury know of his prescience in 1951, as he criticized society’s obsession with screens and the far-ranging effects of technology. Could television supersede community? Could it control us to the point of isolation and loneliness? Bradbury’s writing gives us much to think about. I am haunted by a lonely man. At sundown [...]

“Dandelion Wine”: Awakening to the World

By |2019-12-26T12:09:23-06:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Books, Christine Norvell, Fiction, Literature, Nature, Ray Bradbury, Senior Contributors|

Dandelion Wine is a summer read if ever there was one. I know quite a few Ray Bradbury lovers who read it as a summer ritual, and for good reason. From the first moments when we meet Douglas Spaulding, we know his life is one of imagination and adventure. In Dandelion Wine, Doug is tantalized [...]

The Roots of Political Correctness

By |2019-07-01T00:59:45-05:00June 30th, 2019|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Liberal Learning, Politics, Ray Bradbury, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization|

Over the last thirty years, political correctness has metastasized. Today, so many politically-correct assumptions have become mainstream that, as Tocqueville once predicted, they have narrowed our questions and our ability to question, rather than actually tell us the exact answers to things. Over the last decade, it has become normal for students, professors, and the [...]

Star Trek: Five Decades Later

By |2017-05-04T23:51:43-05:00May 4th, 2017|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Ray Bradbury, Star Trek, Television|

Star Trek is a modern allegory and mythology for late Western Civilization. The series worked best when Captain Kirk stood for willful impulse; Mr. Spock for aristocratic reason; and Dr. McCoy for democratic passions… The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (St. Martin’s, 2016) As [...]

Science Fiction: Foothold to the Imagination

By |2018-11-28T13:04:39-06:00January 29th, 2016|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Culture, Featured, Fiction, Imagination, Ray Bradbury|

Do you want to rule a world? Blow apart a sun? Test a theory of community? Explore the very depths of depravity? End slavery and misery? Destroy all empires? It is possible. . . At least in the imagination. The proper study of man is everything. The proper study of man as artist is everything [...]

Driving Across Mars: Ray Bradbury at the End

By |2015-12-09T08:20:42-06:00November 19th, 2015|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Featured, Ray Bradbury, Russell Kirk|

Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview and Other Conversations Sam Weller, ed., (Brooklyn, NY: Melville House, December 2014) One of the hardest things I’ve had to assess in my professional life as a historian and a biographer is just how much to take seriously in a person’s life. I consider, pass, and render judgments on a moment-by-moment basis! [...]

The Twilight Country of October

By |2019-09-25T16:22:16-05:00October 29th, 2015|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Death, Ray Bradbury, Russell Kirk, Sainthood|

Oh, the blessings of October, my favorite month. As far back as I can remember, in my near half century of living, I’ve loved this month. Greens, yellows, oranges, reds, browns, and blacks all linger lovingly. The air cools and smells of fresh dust, the Canadian geese honk and slowly make their way south, and [...]

Ray Bradbury and the Dystopia of “Fahrenheit 451”

By |2019-08-15T15:18:20-05:00June 5th, 2015|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Dystopia, Dystopian Literature series by Bradley Birzer, Featured, Ray Bradbury|

An American original, Ray Bradbury, will enjoy a high reputation for centuries to come. The future will remember him for hundreds of short stories and at least four profound novels: Fahrenheit 451; The Martian Chronicles; Something Wicked this Way Comes; and Dandelion Wine. Though Bradbury never set out intentionally to discuss dystopia or utopia, each [...]

Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews

By |2019-02-24T21:40:46-06:00May 30th, 2014|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Ray Bradbury|

From May 2001 to January 2010, professor of creative writing, fiction author, and biographer Sam Weller interviewed one of America’s greatest and most original talents, Ray Bradbury. Not every moment of every day, of course, but over countless hours, nonetheless, throughout the decade. As Mr. Bradbury himself admitted not long before his death, “Sam Weller [...]

A Martian Holocaust

By |2015-01-06T14:36:45-06:00April 25th, 2014|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Ray Bradbury|

Shortly after he published The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury met one of his great heroes, Aldous Huxley. The author of Brave New World had not only read the younger man’s book, he had found it profound. “You know what you are, young man,” Huxley asked. When the 30-year-old Bradbury admitted he did not, Huxley replied: [...]

Ray and Russell: Imagination against Idiocy

By |2016-06-22T12:46:50-05:00March 17th, 2014|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Communism, Conservatism, Ray Bradbury, Russell Kirk|

Only a week or so before Henry Regnery published Russell Kirk’s first masterpiece, The Conservative Mind, Mr. Ray Bradbury, science fiction novelist, screenplay writer, and all-around wit, wrote and published a fascinating and insightful article, “The Day After Tomorrow.” Whether or not my ideas on censorship via the fire department will be old hat by [...]

Why Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles Is a Great Book

By |2014-04-27T10:09:06-05:00February 3rd, 2013|Categories: Books, Great Books, Literature, Mortimer Adler, Ray Bradbury, Robert M. Woods|

On numerous occasions, Mortimer Adler wrote about the criteria that were used to determine which books of all the books written in the West would be placed within The Great Books of the Western World.  Contrary to confusion and many misstatements I've read over the years, Adler says it was essentially three criteria and they [...]

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