Mix Tape: Live Forever

Maggie Smith
June 7, 2012
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Remembering Ray Bradbury, who died this week at age 91: “I went back and saw [Mr. Electrico] that night. He sat in the chair with his sword, they pulled the switch, and his hair stood up. He reached out with his sword and touched everyone in the front row, boys and girls, men and women, with the electricity that sizzled from the sword. When he came to me, he touched me on the brow, and on the nose, and on the chin, and he said to me, in a whisper, ‘Live forever.’ And I decided to.”

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