You can’t learn to write in college. It’s a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do—and they don’t. They have prejudices. They may like Henry James, but what if you don’t want to write like Henry James? They may like John Irving, for instance, who’s the bore of all time.
A lot of the people whose work they’ve taught in the schools for the last thirty years, I can’t understand why people read them and why they are taught. The library, on the other hand, has no biases. The information is all there for you to interpret. You don’t have someone telling you what to think. You discover it for yourself.
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2 thoughts on “Interview – Ray Bradbury”
Thanks for sharing this!
Loved it! Bradbury said the things I needed to hear as I try to get on a steady path to writing. I fell in love with his writing when I was in high school and I’m thrilled that he turned out to be the person I wanted him to be. Mary at Mary A to Z