J.G. Ballard: Quotes

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400 Pages of quotes from visionary writer J. G. Ballard!

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Some people have suggested that mental illness is a kind of adaptation to the sort of circumstances that will arise in the future. As we move towards a more and more psychotic landscape, the psychotic traits are signs of a kind of Darwinian adaptation. [BBC Radio, 1998]

It was an excess of fantasy that killed the old United States, the whole Mickey Mouse and Marilyn thing, the most brilliant technologies devoted to trivia like instant cameras and space spectaculars that should have stayed in the pages of Science Fiction. . . some of the last Presidents of the U.S.A. seemed to have been recruited straight from Disneyland. [Hello America, 1981]

The advanced societies of the future will not be governed by reason. They will be driven by irrationality, by competing systems of psychopathology. [letter, 2003]

Invisible technologies rule our lives, transmitting their data-loads at the speed of an electron. Vast cash balances move around the world's banking systems, bounced off satellites we never see, but whose electromagnetic footprints bestride continents and form our real weather. ["Impressions of Speed," 1998]

Before the [Iraq War], my feeling was one of great anxiety. Now, I think we still have yet to discover if the war was justified, given the huge damage done to the U.N., to Britainπs relations with Europe and to the West's relations with the Arab world. If the near-mythical weapons of mass destruction are found, then the war will have been justified. I fear however that Britain and America will pay a fearsome price when the Arab world takes its revenge. [Observer, 2003]

You see it in Iran and in the East--the West is being rejected. [The Face, 1987]

Consumer capitalism is now taken for granted, and in effect is a public utility. [Literary Review, 2001]

Sex times technology equals the future. [Corridor #5, 1974]

The number of exhilarating, important experiences is limited. Thereπs that school of anthropologists who have come up with the "Village Theory." They found that everybody had basically the same pattern . . . you had, say, two powerful sexual partners who transcended all the others. You fell in love once, there was one member of your family you really loved, etc. In your life youπre going to meet two adult friends whom you're going to be really close to--if you've had them, youπve had them--the slots are filled in the brain, because the brain has a certain finite capacity for friendship . . . And if you have too much experience, you exhaust your capacity for further experiences. [RE/Search #8/9, 1984]

A widespread taste for pornography means that nature is alerting us to some threat of extinction. [News From the Sun, 1982]

Car crashes, traveling in jet aircraft, the whole overlay of new technologies, architecture, interior design, communications, transport, merchandising - these things change the interior design of our sexual fantasies. [paraphrase, Penthouse, 1970]

I looked through the color photographs in the magazines; in all of them the motor car in one style or another figured as the centerpiece--pleasant images of young couples in group intercourse around an American convertible parked in a placid meadow; a middle-aged businessman naked with his secretary in the rear seat of his Mercedes; homosexuals undressing each other at a roadside picnic; teenagers in an orgy of motorized sex on a two-tier vehicle transporter, moving in and out of the lashed-down cars; and throughout these pages the gleam of instrument panels and window louvers, the sheen on over-polished vinyl reflecting the soft belly of a stomach or a thigh, the forests of pubic hair that grew from every corner of these motor car compartments. [Crash, 1973]

Additional Information

Author V. Vale / Mike Ryan
Publisher Re/Search Books
Page Count 414pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 6.75
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date 2004
ISBN 978-1889307121

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