Law and Conversation

June 22, 2012

Barry Unsworth

As Cynthia Crossen reminds us in her “Dear Book Lover” column in The Wall Street Journal, on June 5 we lost two great writers in one day: Ray Bradbury and Barry Unsworth.

Bradbury’s science fiction, which I read as a preteen, is wonderful and classic. I read Unsworth’s “Morality Play” several years ago with a friend and still remember the beauty of the writing and how the story captivated me. It’s a particularly good novel for lawyers, since it’s about a strolling troupe of medieval players who solve a crime through staging a play.

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  1. Ray Bradbury is forever enshrined in my heart for his ability to capture the heavy, humid, languid feeling of summer days in a small Midwestern town. My encounters with his work were brief and decades ago, but parts of two of his short stories have stayed with me: the opening paragraphs of “Rocket Summer” and the homey details and the way that he infuses that bone-deep sense of tranquility with an equally deep-down sense of onminpresent, building menace in “Mars is Heaven.” (For the memory refresher, thanks to WAMU Radio 88.5 of Washington, DC–“Where the mind is our medium”–for recently broadcasting a dramatization of “Mars is Heaven.”) I wish I had written to him to thank him for writing these two pieces, but maybe for him (fall of us writers? the fortunate few?) the act of sizing up and summing up the situation was itself sufficient.

    Comment by Rachel Tickner — July 5, 2012 @ 4:47 am | Reply

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