There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.
September 2, 1932: Science fiction master Ray Bradbury was a 12-year-old boy when he walked into a carnival tent and met Mr. Electrico—a moment that he credits with making him want to be a writer. The performer tapped him with an electrified sword and shouted: “Live forever!”
Swiss-born author and adventurer Blaise Cendrars (born September 1, 1887) was an intrepid traveler, a decorated soldier who lost his right arm while serving the French Foreign Legion, and a fixture in Paris’s modernist community.
When you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.
William Saroyan (born August 31, 1908) often wrote about characters who share his Armenian heritage, as in his book of short stories, My Name Is Aram. He is best known for his first play, The Time of Your Life. It was awarded a Pulitzer, which he refused, saying that “commerce should not patronize art.”