J. G. Ballard

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J. G. Ballard

In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom!More J. G. Ballard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A widespread taste for pornography means that nature is alerting us to some threat of extinction.More J. G. Ballard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The marriage of reason and nightmare which has dominated the 20th century has given birth to an ever more ambiguous world. Across the communications landscape move the specters of sinister technologies and the dreams that money can buy. Thermonuclear weapons systems and soft drink commercials coexist in an overlit realm ruled by advertising and pseudo-events, science and pornography. Over our lives preside the great twin leitmotifs of the 20th century -- sex and paranoia.More J. G. Ballard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.More J. G. Ballard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages, or we remain mute.More J. G. Ballard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The car as we know it is on the way out. To a large extent, I deplore its passing, for as a basically old-fashioned machine, it enshrines a basically old-fashioned idea: freedom. In terms of pollution, noise and human life, the price of that freedom may be high, but perhaps the car, by the very muddle and confusion it causes, may be holding back the remorseless spread of the regimented, electronic society.More J. G. Ballard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I thought it was a wonderfully conceptual act actually, to fire a replica pistol at a figurehead -- the guy could have been working for Andy Warhol!More J. G. Ballard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A car crash harnesses elements of eroticism, aggression, desire, speed, drama, kinesthetic factors, the stylizing of motion, consumer goods, status -- all these in one event. I myself see the car crash as a tremendous sexual event really: a liberation of human and machine libido (if there is such a thing).More J. G. Ballard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What our children have to fear is not the cars on the highways of tomorrow but our own pleasure in calculating the most elegant parameters of their deaths.More J. G. Ballard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Pop artists deal with the lowly trivia of possessions and equipment that the present generation is lugging along with it on its safari into the future.More J. G. Ballard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Perhaps violence, like pornography, is some kind of an evolutionary standby system, a last-resort device for throwing a wild joker into the game?More J. G. Ballard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The chief role of the universities is to prolong adolescence into middle age, at which point early retirement ensures that we lack the means or the will to enforce significant change.More J. G. Ballard [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The future is going to be boring. The suburbanisation of the planet will continue, and the suburbanisation of the soul will follow soon after.More J. G. Ballard [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I came to live in Shepperton in 1960. I thought: the future isn't in the metropolitan areas of London. I want to go out to the new suburbs, near the film studios. This was the England I wanted to write about, because this was the new world that was emerging.More J. G. Ballard [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Writing a novel is one of those modern rites of passage, I think, that lead us from an innocent world of contentment, drunkenness, and good humor, to a state of chronic edginess and the perpetual scanning of bank statements.More J. G. Ballard [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I don't think it's possible to touch people's imagination today by aesthetic means.More J. G. Ballard [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The surrealists, and the modern movement in painting as a whole, seemed to offer a key to the strange postwar world with its threat of nuclear war. The dislocations and ambiguities, in cubism and abstract art as well as the surrealists, reminded me of my childhood in Shanghai.More J. G. Ballard [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring. And that's my one fear: that everything has happened; nothing exciting or new or interesting is ever going to happen again... the future is just going to be a vast, conforming suburb of the soul.More J. G. Ballard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.More J. G. Ballard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages, or we remain mute.More J. G. Ballard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring. And that's my one fear: that everything has happened; nothing exciting or new or interesting is ever going to happen again... the future is just going to be a vast, conforming suburb of the soul.More J. G. Ballard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.More J. G. Ballard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A car crash harnesses elements of eroticism, aggression, desire, speed, drama, kinesthetic factors, the stylizing of motion, consumer goods, status -- all these in one event. I myself see the car crash as a tremendous sexual event really: a liberation of human and machine libido (if there is such a thing).More J. G. Ballard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Electronic aids, particularly domestic computers, will help the inner migration, the opting out of reality. Reality is no longer going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head. It's going to be commercial and nasty at the same time.More J. G. Ballard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. It's over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam.More J. G. Ballard [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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