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Speaking of classic literature, I checked out a book by Ray Bradbury at the library last week.  I loved his “Fahrenheit 451“, so when I happened upon “Now and Forever,” I thought I’d give it a whirl.  The book contains two novellas – “Somewhere a Band Is Playing” and “Leviathan ’99.”  Yesterday morning I read all of the first story.   It was quietly gripping.  As I read, I became conscious of the fact that Bradbury’s writing is carefully composed, as though each word belongs.  The effect caused me to read slowly, not because I was bogged down with verbiage, but because the author had set the pace.  Using deceptively simple and clean writing, Bradbury maintains full control of both the story and the reader.

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