J G Ballard - RIP

luka

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What is the "mvuent aesthetic"?
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malelesbian

Femboyism IS feminism.
Just want to say I think Ballard's awesome and super-underrated, even if he's too dark. His short stories are on point. I want to be the ethical Ballard, if such a thing is possible.
 

okzharp

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His books all have great starts. This one, for example.
Crossing frontiers is my profession. Those strips of no-man’s land between the checkpoints always seem such zones of promise, rich with the possibilities of new lives, new scents and affections. At the same time they set off a reflex of unease that I have never been able to repress. As the customs officials rummage through my suitcases I sense them trying to unpack my mind and reveal a contraband of forbidden dreams and memories. And even then there are the special pleasures of being exposed, which may well have made me a professional tourist. I earn my living as a travel writer, but I accept that this is little more than a masquerade. My real luggage is rarely locked, its catches eager to be sprung.
 

version

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Reading Atrocity Exhibition atm. Haven't gotten into it yet. Feels like a cut-up or collage of one of his straighter novels. Lots of stuff about landscapes and geometry.
 
Me neither, stopped 15 pages in. It’s a sign of getting older, zero tolerance for indulgent fucking about with the story in films or books
 

Corpsey

bandz ahoy
Was going to say we could do a Ballard's stories book club. That way I might actually read some of the things.
 

Corpsey

bandz ahoy
I'm actually reading a 20th century book at the moment, albeit the most old fashioned imaginable

"The Good Soldier" by Ford Madox Ford

Amazing book
 

version

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Reading Atrocity Exhibition atm. Haven't gotten into it yet. Feels like a cut-up or collage of one of his straighter novels. Lots of stuff about landscapes and geometry.

Finished it earlier. It's pretty good, but he must have used the word 'geometry' at least 50 times.

I think it's the book of his that most resembles the surrealist paintings he loved. There are big chunks which read like the characters have been dropped into a de Chirico or Tanguy and the landscape and shadows seem to have more presence than they do. Reminded me of something I read about de Sade's Sodom and it being a mathematical model of what can be done with a set number of human bodies but taken further as objects and buildings and technology are thrown into the mix.

I dunno how much it adds up to, mind you. It feels like he just stresses over and over that there must be some logic or equation that resolves these things, but he never gets close to it. It's just this endless stream of him comparing the corners of buildings and bits of cars to thighs and genitals and collar bones.
 

version

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There's a funny bit in his annotations where he mentions running a writing competition in a magazine where people had to submit something under the influence of a drug and the winner was Ann Quin on birth control.
 
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