“A purposeful of clutter of curios, mementos and old souvenirs surround him as he writes…”
This was how Ray Bradbury’s storied basement office was described in the 1963 television documentary The Story of a Writer. Bradbury himself elaborated:
“A writer’s past is the most important thing he has. Sometimes an object, a mask ticket stub, anything at all, helps me remember a whole experience. And out of that may come an idea for a story. So I’m a pack-rat. I’ve kept everything I’ve ever cared about since childhood.”
I spent countless hours down in Ray Bradbury’s basement. It was truly a wonderland of sensory overload and imagination.