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From the Desk of Paulette

August 5, 2009
Washington, DC

  A display from San Antonio Public Library's Big Read of Fahrenheit 451.

Not surprisingly, I'm not the only writer that has a huge crush on Ray Bradbury. The admirably prolific Alice Hoffman recently spoke on NPR's All Things Considered about the significant impact Bradbury has had on her writing life.

Here's just a snippet:

I have always believed that the books of youth stay with us in a unique way. The fairy tales, nursery rhymes and novels we read when we're young become part of our DNA. Perhaps that is why I was led back to Fahrenheit 451 after 9/11. It was a brilliant remedy for restoring my faith.

Read and/or listen to Hoffman's paean to Fahrenheit 451 and Bradbury in its entirety on NPR's Web site.

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