One of Ray Bradbury's lesser-known interviews also happens to be one of his last, and it is positively wonderful to experience. In 2010, the literary giant was interviewed by Sam Weller (his official biographer) at San Diego Comic Con. The then-89-year-old Bradbury spent a little over an hour ruminating on life, love, space exploration, and even libraries, with the verve and wit of somebody a fraction of his age. It's as stirring as it is refreshing, and offers a revealing look inside one of the twentieth century's most inspiring minds.

If you can spare the time, we recommend giving the entire interview, which we've included below, a listen. It was recorded by Jeff Goldsmith, publisher of the free storytelling app Backstory, and re-broadcast in a slightly edited form in the days following Bradbury's passing.


The interview begins around the 2 minute mark, following a short introduction from Goldsmith. If you're looking for a streamlined version, Maria Popova has excerpted and transcribed some of the most compelling segments of the interview over on Brain Pickings. You honestly can't go wrong either way, so choose your own auditory adventure, sit back and enjoy.

[Jeff Goldsmith via Brain Pickings]

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