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.