Quotations From J.G. (JAMES GRAHAM) BALLARD


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  • Perhaps violence, like pornography, is some kind of an evolutionary standby system, a last-resort device for throwing a wild joker into the game?
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. "News from the Sun," Myths of the Near Future (1982).
  • 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.
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British novelist. The Atrocity Exhibition, ch. 8 (1970).

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  • A widespread taste for pornography means that nature is alerting us to some threat of extinction.
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. "News from the Sun," Myths of the Near Future (1982).

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  • 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.
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. interview, Oct. 30, 1982, no. 8/9, Re/Search (San Francisco, 1984).

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  • 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.
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9, San Francisco (1984). interview in M├ętaphors, no. 7 (1983).

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  • 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!
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. Interview (October 30, 1982), Re/Search (no. 8/9, San Francisco, 1984). Ballard was referring to an incident involving the Queen of England in 1981.

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  • 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.
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9 (San Francisco, 1984). Interview in Friends (London, Oct. 30, 1970).
  • 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.
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9 (San Francisco, 1984). Interview, Books and Bookmen (London, April 1971).

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  • Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. originally published in Books and Bookmen (London, Feb. 1971). Fictions of Every Kind, Re/Search (San Francisco) no. 8/9 (1984). Ballard continued: "Even the worst science fiction is better ... than the best conventional fiction. The future is a better key to the present than the past."
  • In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom!
    J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. interview, Oct. 30, 1982, in Re/Search, no. 8/9 (San Francisco, 1984).

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