This week's short story is Forrest J Ackerman's The Record. It was printed in the first edition of Ray Bradbury's fanzine Futuria Fantasia in 1939. Bradbury was in his late teens at the time, and only four issues of the fanzine were published. Other contributors included Robert A. Heinlein, Damon Knight and Hannes Bok.
That ‘Art is long and life is short’ is a truth which every one feels, or ought to feel; yet surely those who were in London last May, and had in one week the opportunities of hearing Rubenstein play the Sonata Impassionata, of seeing Wagner conduct the Spinning-Wheel Chorus from the Flying Dutchman, and of studying art at the Grosvenor Gallery, have very little to complain of as regards human existence and art-pleasures.