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James Graham Ballard

Data di nascita: 15. Novembre 1930
Data di morte: 19. Aprile 2009

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James Graham Ballard è stato uno scrittore britannico, autore di romanzi e racconti di fantascienza, autobiografici e di satira sociale. Fortemente ispirato dalla pittura surrealista, Ballard è prossimo agli autori postmodernisti.

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„All over the world major museums have bowed to the influence of Disney and become theme parks in their own right.“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: All over the world major museums have bowed to the influence of Disney and become theme parks in their own right. The past, whether Renaissance Italy or ancient Egypt, is reassimilated and homogenized into its most digestible form. Desperate for the new, but disappointed with anything but the familiar, we recolonise past and future. The same trend can be seen in personal relationships, in the way people are expected to package themselves, their emotions and sexuality in attractive and instantly appealing forms. Notes to The Atrocity Exhibition (1970; written 1967 - 1969, annotated 1990)

„Everywhere you look — Britain, the States, western Europe — people are sealing themselves into crime-free enclaves.“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: Everywhere you look — Britain, the States, western Europe — people are sealing themselves into crime-free enclaves. That's a mistake — a certain level of crime is part of the necessary roughage of life. Total security is a disease of deprivation. "Paula Hamilton"

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„By the logic of the high-rise those most innocent of any offence became the most guilty“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: The untruth of the accusation, which they all knew well, only served to reinforce it... By the logic of the high-rise those most innocent of any offence became the most guilty. Ch. 13

„People are locking their doors and switching off their nervous systems.“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: Town-scapes are changing. The open-plan city belongs in the past — no more ramblas, no more pedestrian precincts, no more left banks and Latin quarters. We're moving into the age of security grilles and defensible space. As for living, our surveillance cameras can do that for us. People are locking their doors and switching off their nervous systems. "Bobby Crawford"

„Twenty years ago no one could have imagined the effects the Internet would have“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: Twenty years ago no one could have imagined the effects the Internet would have: entire relationships flourish, friendships prosper…there’s a vast new intimacy and accidental poetry, not to mention the weirdest porn. The entire human experience seems to unveil itself like the surface of a new planet. As quoted in "Age of unreason" by Jeannette Baxter in The Guardian (22 June 2004)

„I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring.“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: 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. Interview (30 October 1982) in Re/Search no. 8/9 (1984)

„Human beings today … are surrounded by huge institutions we can never penetrate“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: Human beings today … are surrounded by huge institutions we can never penetrate: the City [London's Wall Street], the banking system, political and advertising conglomerates, vast entertainment enterprises. They've made themselves user friendly, but they define the tastes to which we conform. They're rather subtle, subservient tyrants, but no less sinister for that. "Kafka in the Present Day", originally published in [London] Sunday Times (1983)

„For the writer in particular it is less and less necessary for him to invent the fictional content of his novel. The fiction is already there. The writer's task is to invent the reality.“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: We live in a world ruled by fictions of every kind — mass merchandising, advertising, politics conducted as a branch of advertising, the instant translation of science and technology into popular imagery, the increasing blurring and intermingling of identities within the realm of consumer goods, the preempting of any free or original imaginative response to experience by the television screen. We live inside an enormous novel. For the writer in particular it is less and less necessary for him to invent the fictional content of his novel. The fiction is already there. The writer's task is to invent the reality. "Introduction" to the French edition (1974) of Crash (1973); reprinted in Re/Search no. 8/9 (1984)

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„These days adolescence stretches much further into adulthood than it used to. There's no longer any encouragement to be mature.“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: I began to become an adult when I was 24 and got married and had children. That matures you, but I wouldn't say I was fully an adult until I was in my forties. The trouble with the whole adult debate is that if you're asking 18-year-olds to go out and fight wars for you then you can't deny them adult rights even though in sorts of other ways they wouldn't qualify until they were about 25. These days adolescence stretches much further into adulthood than it used to. There's no longer any encouragement to be mature. As quoted in Elevator Music (1994) by Joseph Lanza

„Perhaps they resent never having had a chance to become perverse“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: It's a mistake to imagine now we're all moving towards a state of happy primitivism. The model here seems to be less the noble savage than our un-innocent post-Freudian selves, outraged by all that over-indulgent toilet-training, dedicated breast-feeding and parental affection – obviously a more dangerous mix than anything our Victorian forebears had to cope with. Our neighbours had happy childhoods to a man and still feel angry. Perhaps they resent never having had a chance to become perverse. Ch. 11

„The same trend can be seen in personal relationships, in the way people are expected to package themselves, their emotions and sexuality in attractive and instantly appealing forms.“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: All over the world major museums have bowed to the influence of Disney and become theme parks in their own right. The past, whether Renaissance Italy or ancient Egypt, is reassimilated and homogenized into its most digestible form. Desperate for the new, but disappointed with anything but the familiar, we recolonise past and future. The same trend can be seen in personal relationships, in the way people are expected to package themselves, their emotions and sexuality in attractive and instantly appealing forms. Notes to The Atrocity Exhibition (1970; written 1967 - 1969, annotated 1990)

„The human body as an obedient coolie, to be fed and hosed down“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: The human body as an obedient coolie, to be fed and hosed down, and given just enough sexual freedom to sedate itself. "Dr. Wilder Penrose"

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„If their work is satisfying people don't need leisure“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: If their work is satisfying people don't need leisure in the old-fashioned sense. No one ever asks what Newton or Darwin did to relax, or how Bach spent his weekends. At Eden-Olympia work is the ultimate play, and play the ultimate work. "Dr. Wilder Penrose"

„In a real war no one knew which side he was on, and there were no flags or commentators or winners. In a real war there were no enemies.“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: Real war was the thousands of Chinese refugees dying of cholera in the sealed stockades at Pootung, and the bloody heads of Communist soldiers mounted on pikes along the Bund. In a real war no one knew which side he was on, and there were no flags or commentators or winners. In a real war there were no enemies. p. 6

„He welcomed the air raids, the noise of the Mustangs as they swept over the camp, the smell of oil and cordite, the deaths of the pilots, and even the likelihood of his own death.“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: The two parachutes fell towards the burial mounds. Already a squad of Japanese soldiers in a truck with a steaming radiator sped along the perimeter road, on their way to kill the pilots. Jim wiped the dust from his Latin primer and waited for the rifle shots. The halo of light which had emerged from the burning Mustang still lay over the creeks and paddies. For a few minutes the sun had drawn nearer to the earth, as if to scorch the death from the fields. Jim grieved for these American pilots, who died in a tangle of their harnesses, within sight of a Japanese corporal with a Mauser and a single English boy hidden on the balcony of this ruined building. Yet their end reminded Jim of his own, about which he had thought in a clandestine way ever since his arrival at Lunghua. He welcomed the air raids, the noise of the Mustangs as they swept over the camp, the smell of oil and cordite, the deaths of the pilots, and even the likelihood of his own death. Despite everything he knew he was worth nothing. He twisted his Latin primer, trembling with a secret hunger that the war would so eagerly satisfy.

„In the future, violence would clearly become a valuable form of social cement“

—  J. G. Ballard
Context: In the future, violence would clearly become a valuable form of social cement. Ch. 8

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