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An Evening With Ray Bradbury, 2001

In this hour-long video from 2001, sci-fi author Ray Bradbury gives the keynote address of The Sixth Annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea. Walking to the podium very slowly, with the help of his cane, the then-80-year-old Bradbury proceeds to laugh and then to settle into a steady stream of advice and anecdotes about his [...]

Kurt Vonnegut’s Story Diagrams

In this four-minute video clip, the late author Kurt Vonnegut shows us his “story shapes” — simple graphs of plots along two axes. I’ll tell you the labels for the Y axis: it runs from G (Good Fortune) to I (Ill Fortune). That’s about all I can say without ruining this whole. Sample quote regarding [...]