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The following — Meredith’s reading of Bradbury’s ‘There Will Come Soft Rains” — is Side 1 of a 1962 album of the same name. Bradbury’s story was first published in Collier’s on May 6, 1950 and included in The Martian Chronicles, also published in 1950.
In the original story, the action takes place in Allendale California on April 28, 1985. Subsequent editions changed the date to August 4, 2026.
The story’s title comes from a poem of the same name by Sara Teasdale:
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pools, singing at night,And Read more »
“The complexity of our present trouble suggests as never before that we need to change our present concept of education. Education is not properly an industry, and its proper use is not to serve industries, either by job-training or by industry-subsidized research. It’s proper use is to enable citizens to live lives that are economically, politically, socially, and culturally responsible. This cannot be done by gathering or “accessing” what we now call “information” – which is to say facts without context and therefore without priority. A proper education enables young people to put their lives in order, which means knowing Read more »
“Anyplace, every place, where there’s hate, where there’s prejudice, where there’s bigotry.
“He’s alive so long as these evils exist.
“Remember that when he comes to your town.
“Remember it when you hear his voice speaking out through others.
“Remember it when you hear a name called, a minority attacked — any blind, unreasoning assault on a people or any human being.
“He’s alive because through these things we keep Read more »
“They say a man isn’t old till regrets take the place of dreams.”
– John Barrymore in “Barrymore” by William Luce
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
– C.S. Lewis
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