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Another evocative feature, by Steve Rose in the Guardian, on architectural experimentation in Dubai - “There is apparently no distinction between resort architecture and permanent housing. Nor is there much of a genuine urban realm outside the old city centre. Instead, there are discrete, self-contained developments, separated from each other by 10-lane highways or empty desert. [...]
The Collins English Dictionary now carries a definition for ‘Ballardian’: (adj) 1. of James Graham Ballard (born 1930), the British novelist, or his works (2) resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in Ballard’s novels and stories, esp dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments.
BEATTY TRIES TO CRASH SCHWARZENEGGER RALLY By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press Writer SAN DIEGO Actors Warren Beatty and wife Annette Bening tried to crash a campaign appearance Saturday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as the governor sought to drum up last-minute support for a group of statewide ballot measures. The Hollywood couple strode side-by-side to the entrance of an airport [...]
According to the New York Post, David Cronenberg, director of Crash, has this to say about the title of Paul Haggis’s new film, Crash: I thought it was very disrespectful, not just to me, but to J.G. Ballard who wrote the book ‘Crash’ in 1973, which is very famous. In France, they refuse to call [Haggis' [...]
Reviewed by Andrea Simonis Review of JG Ballard: Conversations (ed. V Vale, 2005) and JG Ballard: Quotes (selected and edited by V Vale & Mike Ryan, 2004). Published by RE/Search Publications V Vale has been an underground publishing icon in San Francisco for quite some time, kicking off with...
What might have happened if J.G. Ballard had used his medical training to its fullest potential and become a doctor rather than a writer? Well, there would be no pen name for a start; ‘Jimmy Ballard’ would be a different man indeed, as Johnny Strike discovers. In this fascinating snapshot into an...
http://www.vet.purdue.edu/brad/medill/pernkopf.html The History of Eduard Pernkopf’s Topographische Anatomie des Menschen by David J. Williams “Frequently misunderstood because of the history of the time in which it was produced, Eduard Pernkopf’s Topographische Anatomie des Menschen nevertheless represents the pinnacle of color anatomic illustration. The more than 800 magnificent watercolor paintings of human anatomy found in Pernkopf’s atlas occupied a [...]
Photos from a recent sojourn (en route to Singapore and Bali) at Ballard’s favourite location, the Heathrow Hilton. “The Heathrow Hilton, designed by Michael Manser, is a masterpiece. It is my favourite building in London, and keeps alive the spirit of the 20th century’s greatest architect, Le...