"The Internet is a big distraction," said Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, while speaking out in defense of libraries in The New York Times. Bradbury was being interviewed prior to a public appearance benefiting Ventura County's H.P. Wright Library, which is in danger of shutting its doors because of budget cuts.
"Yahoo called me eight weeks ago," he said. "They wanted to put a book of mine on Yahoo! You know what I told them? 'To hell with you. To hell with you and to hell with the Internet.'
"It's distracting," he continued. "It's meaningless; it's not real. It's in the air somewhere."
According to the Times, a Yahoo spokeswoman said it was impossible to verify Bradbury's account without more details.
"Libraries raised me," said Bradbury, as passionate about the public library system as ever. "I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money."