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by Pippa Tandy “In a sense, I’m assembling the materials of an autopsy, and I’m treating reality – the reality we inhabit – almost as if it were a cadaver, or let’s say, the contents of a special kind of forensic inquisition… I regard all these as data which will play their role in whatever...
A series of Photos from the scene of February 2005’s riots.
In the ongoing battle between the two movie stars: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Warren Beatty, there has already been a number of Ballardian moments. If Beatty actually throws his hat into the ring for the governors race, we’ll surely be witnessing something that will appear to be more fictional than set in reality. Here’s the [...]
From BBC Online, Sunday, 25 September 2005 ” The crew of a fishing boat blocked emergency radio frequencies for hours as they watched an erotic film. The crew of the Blyth-based Oceania accidentally left their radio switched to the emergency channel on Thursday as they were off the North East coast. They then settled down to [...]
San Diego group promotes floating airport A local group is promoting a plan to replace Lindbergh Field with an international airport off the coast of San Diego. Courtesy of Yoshiyuki Inoue. Updated: 09/24/05 ESCONDIDO, Calif., Sept. 23 (UPI) – A local group is promoting a plan to replace Lindbergh Field with an international airport off the coast of San Diego. The [...]
From the Guardian, Friday September 23, 2005 “David Cronenberg’s films are full of images that make us recoil in horror. But what we are really trying to hide from is the whole messy business of being alive. By JG Ballard” “Are we all, without realising it, taking part in a vast witness protection programme? Did we observe, [...]
Another interview with Cronenberg puffing ‘A History of Violence’, with a different take on ‘Crash’ - Q: When Crash came out, a lot of people took it literally and thought it was stupid — how can you get turned on by a car crash? — instead of thinking of it as a metaphor. I mean, it [...]
JG Ballard applauds Alexander Sokurov’s remarkable film portrait of Hirohito, from the Guardian, 13/9/2005 "Should the war against Japan ever have taken place? The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 brought a devastating response from the United States, and turned the European war into a world-wide conflict. Sixty years after Japan capitulated, the old [...]
JGB once complained about the "dismal jargon" of over-intellectualised SF criticism. Here is a wonderful example of this sort of stuff. In a short analysis of "The Crystal World", the author manages to name-check Heidegger, Deleuze, Levinas, Derrida, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, Henry James, Kierkegaard, Jesus Christ, Saussure, Levi-Strauss, Lacan, Kristeva, Guattari, Barthes, Foucault, Althusser, [...]