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Love and Napalm by J.G. Ballard
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May 20, 2009

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Read in May, 2009 , read count: 1

Probably the most challenging thing I have ever tried to read. Either it's so brilliant that half of it goes right over my head or it's a complete load of crap (or a little of both) but even though I don't really understand it after the first time through, it was still a compelling experience. The jump-cut presentation and intensely visual descriptions of odd situations made reading this book feel like channel surfing - you don't really have a context, just a bunch of random disjointed images that your brain wants to find patterns for. Ballard gives you just enough of a framework of themes (conceptual assassination, car crashes as the new erotica)to start hanging the various bits & pieces on to, so I imagine part of the experience is that the book becomes a kind of conceptual do-it-yourself project and everyone will build something different.

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