Monday, October 24, 2011

Ray Gets Risque?

"A great brambly cat flashed by Tom's cheek.  He felt a wooden pole between his legs jump up."

No, not some tale about a perverted ailurophile, but the most unintentionally funny lines Ray Bradbury ever wrote.  This short paragraph (which sounds even more lurid when taken out of context) actually comes from the scene in The Halloween Tree where the boys are swept up by "the gathering of the Brooms."

Let's face it: the name Ray Bradbury and erotica just don't mix.  That's what makes Rachel Bloom's comic-homage music video,
"F**k Me, Ray Bradbury," so hysterical.  When I first caught the video last year, I thought it was a bit offensive, but then learned that the nonagenarian Bradbury himself got quite a kick out of the spoof.  It just goes to show that you can't judge a book by its cover, or an author's sense of humor by his relatively chaste fiction.

The content of "F**k Me, Ray Bradbury" is a little too adult for me to feel comfortable about embedding the video here (imagine a sexed-up version of Britney Spears's "Baby One More Time"), but it can easily be found on YouTube. (Be forewarned, though: the song will get stuck in your head, and you might catch yourself echoing its lascivious chorus at the most inappropriate times!)

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