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Ray Bradbury is one of the most celebrated among 20th and 21st century American writers of speculative fiction. Now, his reputation is complete, with a work-inappropriate music video about sleeping with him.

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Blatantly stolen from Neil Gaiman's twitter
posted by audacity (57 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Rachel Bloom, the author and star of the video, on twitter: http://twitter.com/Racheldoesstuff
posted by audacity at 8:09 PM on August 16, 2010


Well, when I'm pushing 90, I'd be elated if a pretty young singer makes a video about screwing me.
posted by clarknova at 8:09 PM on August 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


I was kinda torn up about missing the rerun of Mad Men, but you know, I think I'm okay now.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 8:10 PM on August 16, 2010


If given the opportunity, she had sure better do what she says she wants to do.
posted by KokuRyu at 8:11 PM on August 16, 2010


I did not think I would enjoy this, but I enjoyed this. "throblem"? heh.
posted by jessamyn at 8:21 PM on August 16, 2010


Joey Ramone more or less did this this same thing: Maria Bartiromo. But honestly I think he just liked her for her stock tips. I heard her interviewed about this song and she said she grew up with Joey posters on her wall. Can't wait to hear what Bradbury says.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:25 PM on August 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh, I take "Maria Bartiromo" very much at face value, myself. That woman's got some smoldering eyes, tell you what. Now if the song had been about Erin Burnett, you know, maybe that'd be something else...

As for this...I mean, hey, the man's a week away from his ninetieth birthday! I can't imagine he wouldn't be delighted. ...with. With the video, I mean to say.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 8:36 PM on August 16, 2010


Unrelated, but kind of related.
posted by everichon at 8:43 PM on August 16, 2010


That was so much better than it had any right to be.
posted by empath at 8:50 PM on August 16, 2010


I know someone who made out with Ray Bradbury in a car cause it was the 70s.

For real.
posted by The Whelk at 8:51 PM on August 16, 2010


also can you not do that to my blood pressure please. Maybe start it with STILL TOTALLY ALIVE RAY BRADBURY...
posted by The Whelk at 8:52 PM on August 16, 2010 [14 favorites]


Ray Bradbury is still alive and hopping? My mind is blown.
posted by dunkadunc at 8:52 PM on August 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


also can you not do that to my blood pressure please. Maybe start it with STILL TOTALLY ALIVE RAY BRADBURY...

This. I looked away about eight words in and just clicked the link.

That said, I totally enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I was gonna.
posted by The Bridge on the River Kai Ryssdal at 8:58 PM on August 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


also can you not do that to my blood pressure please. Maybe start it with STILL TOTALLY ALIVE RAY BRADBURY...
posted by The Whelk at 11:52 PM on August 16 [1 favorite -] Favorite added! [!]


for real can we add this standard to the New Post FAQ?

As in, "For new posts about venerable giants, please preface with STILL TOTALLY ALIVE etc etc...."

thank you
posted by toodleydoodley at 8:58 PM on August 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


She's got wayyyy too much of that American twangy "arrr" accent going on, though, which really ruins it for me. It's completely unfair but I've learned to associate that accent with the pissy, intense urbanite businesspeople I have to deal with at work.
posted by dunkadunc at 9:05 PM on August 16, 2010


I'm considering doing a Heinlein post. He's still dead, BTW.
posted by Artw at 9:05 PM on August 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


If Ray Bradbury is the greatest writer in sci-fi history then why didn't he foresee this happening?
posted by Kattullus at 9:13 PM on August 16, 2010


If Ray Bradbury is the greatest writer in sci-fi history then why didn't he foresee this happening?

Why do you suppose he's held on this long, Kattullus? He knew.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 9:16 PM on August 16, 2010 [7 favorites]


That was sort of Rocky Horror-esque.
posted by dhartung at 9:16 PM on August 16, 2010


It kinda reminded me of Julie Brown, but I didn't wanna say that because she was popular roughly when this woman was, like, born.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 9:19 PM on August 16, 2010


Is this not spectacularly cruel? If not, why not?
posted by motty at 9:44 PM on August 16, 2010


Julie Brown ?
posted by The Whelk at 9:46 PM on August 16, 2010


motty: This only strikes me as cruel if considered with the assumption that Ray Bradbury somehow had an unsatisfying life full of missed sexual opportunities, which have haunted him well into his dotage. Based on what little I've read of the arc of his career, I doubt very much that this holds much resemblance to the truth.
posted by jsnlxndrlv at 9:52 PM on August 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Anyone else think she sounds like Eve Libertine on Crass' Penis Envy when she sings "S is for space" that one time?
posted by wayland at 12:00 AM on August 17, 2010


When I glanced down and saw his name on this FPP my heart stopped and I prepared to call in sad tomorrow.
posted by Roman Graves at 12:41 AM on August 17, 2010


I enjoyed this but it made me feel old. In ten years will the music videos have to include live footage of the inside of a fallopian tube to have any edge?
posted by serazin at 1:22 AM on August 17, 2010


This is full of awesome and win.
posted by Jacqueline at 1:40 AM on August 17, 2010


Maybe when he sees this he'll change his mind about the internets.
posted by Jacqueline at 1:43 AM on August 17, 2010


If given the opportunity, she had sure better do what she says she wants to do.

She's an attractive woman and he's a high-spirited man, but he's also a cranky 90-year-old widower in a wheelchair. When Mr Electrico commanded him to live forever, the boy may not have realized what living forever entailed.
posted by pracowity at 4:11 AM on August 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


She's got wayyyy too much of that American twangy "arrr" accent going on, though, which really ruins it for me. It's completely unfair but I've learned to associate that accent with the pissy, intense urbanite businesspeople I have to deal with at work.

Huh, in this video she actually talks about her accent (or, from her perspective, lacktherof).

But anyway, I don't know where your from but hating on her for talking with a neutral American accent, one spoken by most English speakers, in the largest English speaking country in the world, is more then a little insane. I mean. WTF?
posted by delmoi at 4:55 AM on August 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ray Bradbury is still alive and hopping? My mind is blown.

Yeah, me too. I'd just sort of assumed he'd died back in the early 1970s or something -- until this post, I'd never even thought of the possibility he might still be alive. Cute song, too.
posted by Forktine at 5:26 AM on August 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I like Ray Bradbury a lot, but I always have a hard time calling him a "sci fi writer." His work is so dreamy and ethereal, not what I think of as science fiction at all. More like fantasy, except that "fantasy" implies unicorns and paladins and fairy princesses, so I dunno. Midwestern American fantasy writer? Even The Martian Chronicles (which I loved) is barely about science at all and far more about relationships, feelings, sensations, and memories.

Now, if Isaac Asimov were still alive, I can see him thoroughly enjoying a tribute like this. "Hot dog!" he'd say, "I'm all yours, little lady. Just tell me when, where, and how many times." He was pretty notorious for flirting with his female fans.
posted by Gator at 5:53 AM on August 17, 2010


I'm looking forward to the follow up: "Do Me In the Butt, John Scalzi"
posted by empath at 6:27 AM on August 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Gimme Love, Isaac Asimov
In The Dark With Arthur C. Clarke
Let's Dance, Jack Vance
I Like Philip K. Dick
posted by oulipian at 7:05 AM on August 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


I'm aware of his work.
posted by lore at 8:20 AM on August 17, 2010


Was just coming to post this... at last an earworm to blast out Valley Girl that's been rattling round my school for days.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:35 AM on August 17, 2010


I feel duty-bound to share my perfervid Twitter nonsense of last night, directly inspired by this post:

Notes about the little-known sitcom, "Strangers," to have been shot circa 1974-1978 for American network television.

The following casting and story conference took place on Twitter the evening of August 16, 2010. Participants were myself, @mcgee_gorgo, and @arthurwyatt. Transcript has been lightly edited and rearranged in descending chronological order. I retained the other two folks' handle credits before their contributions but stripped mine.


Want geriatric sitcom. Bradbury, Heinlein: roomies. Asimov: wacky downstairs neighbor. Working title: "The Veldt."

mcgee_gorgo: @mwhybark @arthurwyatt I see PK Dick in there as a Kramer figure.

mcgee_gorgo: @mwhybark @arthurwyatt [PKD bursts into room to applause] "Bob! You won't believe it! My third eye opened and..." "Ah, not this again..."

arthurwyatt: @mwhybark Gold, Jerry, Gold!

PKD added to charlist. Forry Ackerman can be the Newman-enemy type. Also, Bob = Oscar, Ray = Felix.

project name changed: "The Veldt" too obscure. "Strangers" eventual title after rejection of "Bob's Freehold"

arthurwyatt: @mwhybark @mcgee_gorgo Heinlein and Bradbury create a TV show. Harlan Ellison shows up, pissed off and claiming they're ripping him off.

I love that Ellison episode. Little known fact: dude wrote it himself, took name off. "Eviscerated," he claimed.

Asimov keeps coming by, talking about latest book. Sometimes seems to complete three books/episode. Bob hates it.

Ray continually copies childhood diary entries and submits as SF stories or novels. Often they fly. Bob hates it.

arthurwyatt: @mwhybark I'm seeing "Bob hates it" as a regular theme. Possible role for R Lee Emery?

NOICE. I'll have my people call his people and he can yell at my people until they meet his standards. Yes x3 @ "Bob hates it."

Maybe Woody Allen as Ray? or @hodgman in wrinkle-skin, liverspots a la Estelle.

who can forget the classic RobbiE the Robot guest shot? Where bot mistaken for RobbiT the Robot, knock off?

and of course the beloved David Bowie Xmas. "O Little Moonbase Alpha," "Golem Golem Golem, I made you out of clay"

Then there was the time that Roy Orbison dropped by and swapped glasses with Ray. Oh, boy, did Bob hate that. Both Roy and Ray are all blind, and & then PKD is all Roy/Ray/who?

Newhart could actually do either Bob or Ray, come to think of it. So could the actual comedians Bob and Ray, for that matter.

arthurwyatt: @mwhybark hideous casting choice would be Robin Williams. Well, always really.

That one where Asimov thinks he's gotta lose the sideburns for a gig, and Bob is F YEAH MARINE CUTZ but Ray pixie-fixes it? Bob hated that.

Oooh, lefthanded casting note: Robin Williams as Ray, Bill Shatner as Bob.

"Bob hates that" drinking game sweeps the nation. National ID card? "BOB HATES THAT", drink. No draft? "BOB HATES THAT," drink. etc etc about 10 hours ago via tGadget

Hugh Hefner guestpisode, never rebroadcast. collectors' prize, swapped on VHS for decades. When finally posted to YT, it proves pretty meh.

Final core casting in hand: R Lee Emery as Bob Heinlein, Woody Allen as Ray Bradbury. Still uncast: PKD, Asimov, Delany.

Bob surprised by visit from ex-wife, then other ex-wife, finally another. Farcical hiding, excuses to Ray, who doesn't care. Bob hates it.

Ray gets ripped on May Day, dances, sings, summons hamadryad - turns out to be neighborhood masseuse! Happy endings. Bob likes it.

Asimov is conflicted about publishing in skin mag. Ray and Bob help him see porn is like puppies, kittens. Everyone troops off to Studio 54.

A, B plot experiment: Ray loses key, locked in laundry room. Bob meets cute new neighbor. Neighbor finds, saves Ray. Bob hates it!

Studio discussion of Monty Python promo shot crushed by production schedule conflicts.
posted by mwhybark at 8:45 AM on August 17, 2010 [9 favorites]


I thought I'd made it clear he was still alive with "Ray Bradbury is" rather than "Ray Bradbury was." Not clear enough for some, apparently.

Anyway, I hope the still definitely living Ray Bradbury doesn't find out about this and ruin it the way Chuck Norris ruined Chuck Norris jokes (Bradbury's comments on big government lately have made me nervous).
posted by audacity at 8:51 AM on August 17, 2010


The James Tiptree Jr. plotline would feature all kinds of wacky confusion. Asimov hits on her, of course. He hits on anything. Bob hates it.
posted by Artw at 9:22 AM on August 17, 2010


Have Spacesuit, Will Hate It.
posted by jrishel at 9:43 AM on August 17, 2010


Ah, maybe you had to be there...

I like Ray Bradbury a lot, but I always have a hard time calling him a "sci fi writer." His work is so dreamy and ethereal, not what I think of as science fiction at all.

Tony Smith recently did an interview with Bradbury for StarShipSofa - part of a feature where he asks everyone a set list of questions, and usually they rattle off an elaborate response. Bradbury was kind of terse and LOUD.

Anyway, one bit goes like this:

Tony: Are you a science fiction writer?
Bradbury (shouting): NO!
posted by Artw at 9:46 AM on August 17, 2010


Where is Ballard in all this? I imagine him as a voice on the radio that reads long, detailed descriptions of housing codes, cinder block manufacture, and the breaking weight of bone.
posted by The Whelk at 9:50 AM on August 17, 2010


Three-episode arc which involves Ray being courted to develop a television series set on Mars. Bob's jealous and keeps 'losing' phone messages.

PKD spills the beans and ends up in jail in Berkeley; Ray bails him out and they go to Hollywood together.

Ray and PKD run into Ellison at the studio; turns out the studio just picked up Ellison's show and cuts our boys loose. Bob has to pay plane fare home for Ray and PKD. Bob HATES it.

(I am starting to mumble "Bob HATES it" to myself as though it were a real worn-out catchphrase.)
posted by mwhybark at 10:06 AM on August 17, 2010


JRRT stops by for a visit. Ray feels threatened and gets squirrely. Bob can't stand the guy. Asimov saves the day when he gives him the grand tour of NYC (where the show is apparently set, I just now realize for certain). Big show-end gag sequence: bad American pastiche of musichall, Asimov, JRRT drunkenly kickstepping "Henerey the Eight I am I am"

Production notes: conceived as last-second replacement for Python crossover.

---

SOMEONE STOP ME please

can't... turn... brain... off


please
posted by mwhybark at 10:13 AM on August 17, 2010


Well, if JRRT is in town maybe his sidekick C.S. Lewis would be with him... and they'd have a rumble with Arthur C. Clarke (also in town), except when it looks like it's all going to kick off they'd just get drunk instead.
posted by Artw at 10:41 AM on August 17, 2010


No draft? "BOB HATES THAT,"

Actually, Bob hated the draft.
posted by Zed at 12:57 PM on August 17, 2010


"I'm looking forward to the follow up: 'Do Me In the Butt, John Scalzi'"

But... that doesn't rhyme!

Also, given the timing of the Bradbury video, you can expect the follow-up you desire in 2059.

I will stock Viagra in anticipation.
posted by jscalzi at 1:22 PM on August 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


"Strangers" episode "The Veldt:" Bob comes home with four new 1970s-style rear-projection big screen TVs, one for each wall of the living room. Ray disapproves. Asimov figures out how to hook the Atari up such that you can play pong on all four screens simultaneously. Bob becomes obsessed with this and eventually realizes he needs to send the TVs back after PKD helps him see the truth.
posted by mwhybark at 1:57 PM on August 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Zed: "Actually, Bob hated the draft."

Fair enough. I couldn't figure out how to get the "military service required to vote" concept squoze down into a silly tweet.
posted by mwhybark at 1:58 PM on August 17, 2010


Gentlemen, should we take this to the proper thread?
posted by Artw at 2:00 PM on August 17, 2010


Done and done.

I'll share the backstory on the studio thinking behind the name change here, though. The suits were all, who ever bought a short story? How many people have bought and read and remember "Stranger in a Strange Land?"

You could see they REALLY hate "The Veldt," since even though they pretend not to understand it they easily recognize that the lions are them. Nobody likes to be called a child-devourer.

I should note Art and I pounded the table and threw the donuts on the floor, but there's no arguing with a figmentive mogul.
posted by mwhybark at 3:11 PM on August 17, 2010


Nice video, great showpiece. She put up a downloadable AAC copy.
posted by ZeusHumms at 4:50 PM on August 17, 2010


Well, it was a nice birthday present...
posted by miss lynnster at 2:02 AM on August 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'll have to send him note of good cheer. D'you think Hallmark has a "Congratulations on your Rule 34" card?
posted by Spatch at 2:36 PM on August 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


According to Bloom's twitter feed, Bradbury loved it.

Me, I liked it. UNTIL I GOT IT STUCK IN MY HEAD ALL DAY. S IS FOR SPACE... ARGH
posted by Zed at 8:53 PM on August 20, 2010


Bradbury turns 90 tomorrow! In his honor, a festival.

Sadly, it appears he's gone senile and forgotten the 70s. The Poet recently raved to the LA times that we should "never have left the moon" and that when we go to mars we will "live forever".
posted by clarknova at 9:00 PM on August 20, 2010


Ray Bradbury: Playboy and UCLA gave spark to 'Fahrenheit 451'
posted by homunculus at 10:08 PM on August 20, 2010


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