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Dizzying Intellect » With No Reference To Current Events

With No Reference To Current Events

I’m reading Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury. I’d just finished something really heavy, and stumbled on an old, tattered copy on my bookshelf, while looking for something light. (I recently freecycled almost all of my Agatha Christie, which formerly filled this niche.)

I read it as a kid, which I think most people probably did — there was a movie, of course — and then again in college. I’d recommend re-reading it as an adult. There’s a lot more to it than I recalled.

The story itself is still spooky and dark, and Bradbury’s semi-stream-of-consciousness writing style has always appealed to me. (He also uses “so?” in the same way that Heinlein does — I don’t recall ever seeing another author use it.)

But there’s a whole ‘nother level, about the relationship between kids and parents, specifically kids and their fathers, and how your perspective on your father changes as you get older. I miss my dad right now, because though he wasn’t vocally political, politics interested him, and I think he would’ve been intrigued by this election. He’s one person that I think I could talk to about it without tearing my hair out. So it’s “poignant” for me, I guess, whatever that means. But I think it’d also be a good read for fathers. Because you forget that transition, and it’s important.

1 Comment

  • By og, November 6, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

    Good lord, you’re right. I read what you just wrote and that all came rushing back.. I read SWTWC at almost exactly that transition point with my dad.

    Wow, the memories a story can dredge up. Damnity damn.

    Thanks.

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