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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, April 19, 2009
    Ballard is dead

    Having a word created, based on your name, means that you've made quite an impression. I never warmed to J.G. Ballard's work but I doubt that he was aiming at warmth. An essential writer, deeply disturbing because the dystopias he creates are so close to reality, so close to home. Hearing of Ballard's death today drove me back to the Ballardian website (a trove) and in particular “Paradigm of nowhere”: Shepperton, a photo essay (part 2) which is Simon Sellars' description of his 'traversal of a distinct psychic terrain (studiously avoiding the dreaded “p*****geography” word): the blanket overlay of Shepperton with a mental template gleaned from so many Ballard novels...'

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