14 facts about Ray Bradbury’s early years that’ll make you love him even more

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A titan in the world of science fiction and fantasy writing, Ray Bradbury was also one of the 20th century’s most charming literary characters. Credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories, his motivation was the sheer joy of creation.  “Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.” he said in 2008. To celebrate a man whose attitude we love almost as much as his work, we’ve unearthed some fascinating lesser known facts about the formative years of his long and wonderful life.

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10 counter culture novels that will get you high on life

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From the European Romantics of the 18th century avant-garde to the pre-WWI Bohemians, the world’s been struck by many a powerful counter-cultural movement. The one that’s closest to our hearts, though, spanned the mid-twentieth century, and was rooted in the USA: from the post-War 1940s right though to the early days of the 1970s, America was bombarded with hippies, flower-power, drop-outs, squatters, pacifist campaigners and (not least) feminists, each of them battling against the status-quo and the staid, conservative middle-classes. And what helped to stir this revolutionary stew?

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