Here's something to make your Monday a lot more interesting. Back in 2010, NPR decided to include Ray Bradbury's intense story "The Veldt" in its "Selected Shorts" series. And they chose none other than Stephen Colbert, the comedian and late-night host, to read it. Listen for yourself.
This great find comes via OpenCulture, which also explains why "The Veldt" is such a great story:
The story first appeared, according to the web site of public radio station WNYC, in a 1950 Saturday Evening Post "with the title 'The World the Children Made,' which is a good description of what goes on in this eerie tale. It imagines the 'model home' of the future, including a programmable nursery that becomes the site of a power struggle. [Fellow speculative writer Neil] Gaiman says that Bradbury's tale raises complex questions: 'Are our children our own?,' and 'What does technology do to them?'"...
Given how much progress our pursuit of total automation and virtual stimulation (and our parallel desire to escape those conditions) has made in the past 64 years, "The Veldt" has grown only more relevant. Pair it with "There Will Come Soft Rains," Bradbury's other famously read-aloudable story of the home of the 1950 future, for a richly funny and troubling double-feature of the mind.
Listen to the whole thing via the playlist above — and head over to Open Culture for some links to other great Bradbury audiobooks, including readings by Leonard Nimoy and Tim Robbins.