Yesterday, I came across this rather wonderful 2001 talk from Ray Bradbury, from University of California Television.
He appears to be talking to an audience of aspiring writers, and while the talk is wide-ranging, his two key recommendations seem to be
- Write lots of short stories (one a week, anyway) and delay starting novels
- Each night, for the next thousand nights, read one short story, one essay and one poem.
This is interesting advice, and the programme is attractive.
He makes various specific suggestions, mostly for authors, which I thought I’d capture and note here:
- Alexander Pope
- (Robert) Frost
Nothing modern: “it’s all crap”. [I don’t agree, but then I’m not Ray Bradbury.]
- Aldus Huxley
- Loren Eiseley
- George Bernard Shaw (especially George Bernard Shaw vs. G K Chestson (debates))
- The great philosophers
I may have missed one or two, but I think these lists contain most of his specific recommendations.