R.I.P. Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury's library love, Umami Burger's sauce shop, Venus in transit and more in our weekly look at the web

Ray Bradbury passed away this week, but his message about the importance of books remains as alive as ever. A letter written in 2006 explains his debt to libraries, and how an early version of Farenheit 451 was made possible thanks to a typing room in a UCLA library. Reflecting on the irony of writing a book about book burning while surrounded by letters, Bradbury writes, “All of my friends, all of my loved ones, were on the shelves above and shouted, yelled and shrieked at me to be creative.”