Category Archives: Ballard, JG

Ballard and the Experience of Reading

There’s a well established industry in giving the context to how books are written. It’s perhaps surprising how little attention is given to how books are read. There is a strand of literary criticism that emphasises ‘the role of the … Continue reading

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9 Top-Tips on How to Write a Ballardian Novel

While reading Kingdom Come, I listed what I noticed are some characteristics shared by many Ballard novels. So rather than writing a review, I thought I’d copy my notes here in case anyone writing a novel would like to introduce … Continue reading

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Concrete Island by J G Ballard

Concrete Island is a story stripped down to the bare essentials that befit a tale about isolation bordering on alienation. Ballard himself draws a comparison, in his introduction, with Robinson Crusoe, insofar as there are islands ‘nearer to home’. He … Continue reading

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J G Ballard on The South Bank Show

Found this while browsing YouTube. It’s a good introduction to his perverse vision, as well as its subject, the modern world. Engrossing documentary. Review of Kingdom Come forthcoming on this blog. Super Cannes will follow in a month or so. Respect … Continue reading

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Is a Dystopia a Multiple of Today’s Troubles?

The Drowned World envisages a future in which the polar ice caps have melted and human life has moved away from the rising oceans to higher ground. This is prophetic because this novel was written in 1962. Except Ballard envisaged a polar … Continue reading

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Cocaine Nights by J G Ballard

Ballard’s conceits are social experiments conducted within the safety of a book. They are what-ifs. Cocaine Nights follows Charles Prentice as he arrives in Spain to visit his brother, Frank, a night-club manager who is jailed on charges of arson … Continue reading

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High-Rise by J G Ballard

My first encounter with J. G. Ballard wasn’t with a Ballard novel. It was through music that has been described at various times as ‘Ballardian’. This amounts to synthesizer and noise experimentalists whose anti-music was redolent of the industrial wastelands … Continue reading

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