Ballard’s books have remained fresh years after they were first published, and the provocations collected in J.G. Ballard: Quotes have worn well. Small enough to fit in a large pocket, this anthology brings together J. G. Ballard’s eye-opening thoughts on music, film, celebrity, the rise of corporate media, the death of reality, etc. Arranged by topics such as “Sex: Relationships, Sex times Technology equals the Future, Pornography” and “Surrealism, Imagination,” these quotes are clear, providing a strong beacon for readers accustomed to a baffling daily assault of advertisements, phone calls, and e-mails. They help readers better understand Ballard’s fiction—the most visionary, provocative literature of the 20th century. A Ballardian glossary, the essay “Guide to Virtual Death,” and a bibliography round out this essential resource. In today’s dense communications environment, where the average New Yorker experiences 14,000 branding messages each day one needs to continually make sense of a bafflingly complex, constantly changing environment. Brief, succinct quotes can quickly produce clarity amid moral murkiness—like a torch illuminating a dark forest ahead. This book is especially aimed at all who have to work for a living. It is our hope that many a commute may be glorified by this quotations book, which is easy to carry and use—just one minute at a bus stop may yield an inspiration sufficient to set one’s imagination reeling.
“I can’t resist dipping into it to find out what I think.” — J.G. Ballard