J.G. BALLARD is **THE** visionary prophet of the 21st Century—if you want to know what the future looks like, you owe it to yourself to experience the “Ballardian” world view, exemplified by quotations such as “Sex times technology = the future.” Perhaps more importantly, Ballard will change your aesthetics to “Ballardian Aesthetics”—the way you view the world, media, et al. And remember, “Aesthetics Determine Consumption.”
This specially-priced package includes these seven items:
- The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard
A large-format, illustrated edition, Atrocity Exhibition is widely regarded as Ballard’s finest, most complex work. Withdrawn by E.P. Dutton after having been shredded by Doubleday, this outrageous work was finally in a small edition by Grove before lapsing out-of-print. with four additional fiction pieces, extensive annotations (a book in themselves). Includes notes on the original writings by Ballard himself (specially written for the RE/Search edition) and beautiful illustrations by Phoebe Gloeckner, plus haunting infrared photographs by Ana Barrado.
- J.G. Ballard: Quotes
The musician Nick Cave once said that he keeps this book on his bedside table.
‘Sex times Technology equals The Future,’ proposed J.G. Ballard in 1972. For those who can’t wait: be forewarned: the future never comes. With its promise of arousal and endlessly deferred climax, the formula is echoed repeatedly in today’s world of advertising. J.G. Ballard not only was the first primary writer to deal with ecological catastrophes (in his first four novels), but also the first to recognize the significance of celebrity and psychopathology in the future media-inundated landscape. He psychoanalyzed the ulterior significance of the car crash in his book CRASH, and mapped out Inner Space as the primary cultural territory of the future—as he signaled the Death of the Space Age.
- J.G. Ballard: Conversations
In these collected dialogues, Ballard proves himself to be among the most prophetic visionaries of the 21st century. His advice RE the longterm economic downturn/inequality we’re immersed in: “I remain optimistic!”
- Search & Destroy #10
This original tabloid from September 1978 (lovingly preserved at the RE/Search office) contains our first long interview with J.G. Ballard. PLUS our first interview with William S. Burroughs, available nowhere else. This item is impossible to find in a store.
- In Celebration of J.G. Ballard by V. Vale
A zine by V. Vale featuring the final J.G. Ballard interview, and an essay by V. Vale on Ballardian aesthetics.
- Bonus #1: a 4×6″ color analogue photographic print of J.G. Ballard taken at his home by V. Vale. Signed by V. Vale.
- Bonus #2: an 11″x17″ Xerox of a J.G. Ballard two-page piece in the rare RE/Search #1 tabloid