Ray Bradbury Validated My Desire to Write by Black Francis
This article has been published on the Literary Hub website. It begins:
In the beginning there was no Ray Bradbury. I had no need for the man, because I had his words. I was 14 years old, and I was deep into his world. The Illustrated Man. The Martian Chronicles. The October Country. At that time I probably couldn’t have told you why I liked his books; I just did. I can’t even really explain it now, but I read them and they prompted me to start writing down my own words. My high school English teacher gave me permission to ignore lessons so I could just write. He was validating my creative instincts, but Ray Bradbury had validated me first.