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J.G. Ballard: Quotes Excerpts: On Sex

Sex times technology equals the future. [Corridor #5, 1974]

The number of exhilarating, important experiences is limited. ThereÕs that school of anthropologists who have come up with the “Village Theory.” They found that everybody had basically the same pattern . . . you had, say, two powerful sexual partners who transcended all the others. You fell in love once, there was one member of your family you really loved, etc. In your life youÕre going to meet two adult friends whom you’re going to be really close to–if you’ve had them, youÕve had them–the slots are filled in the brain, because the brain has a certain finite capacity for friendship . . . And if you have too much experience, you exhaust your capacity for further experiences. [RE/Search #8/9, 1984]

A widespread taste for pornography means that nature is alerting us to some threat of extinction. [News From the Sun, 1982]

Car crashes, traveling in jet aircraft, the whole overlay of new technologies, architecture, interior design, communications, transport, merchandisingÑthese things change the interior design of our sexual fantasies. [paraphrase, Penthouse, 1970]

I looked through the color photographs in the magazines; in all of them the motor car in one style or another figured as the centerpiece–pleasant images of young couples in group intercourse around an American convertible parked in a placid meadow; a middle-aged businessman naked with his secretary in the rear seat of his Mercedes; homosexuals undressing each other at a roadside picnic; teenagers in an orgy of motorized sex on a two-tier vehicle transporter, moving in and out of the lashed-down cars; and throughout these pages the gleam of instrument panels and window louvers, the sheen on over-polished vinyl reflecting the soft belly of a stomach or a thigh, the forests of pubic hair that grew from every corner of these motor car compartments. [Crash, 1973]

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