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J.G. Ballard (RE/Search #8/9)

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This is the most comprehensive introduction to this visionary writer, the William Burroughs of England. J.G. Ballard finally achieved world recognition when Steven Spielberg filmed his autobiography (childhood til age 15) in Empire of the Sun. But Ballard has been a visionary iconoclast since the 50s, beginning with his trilogy of disaster novels, The Burning World, The Dr
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Paperback, 171 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by RE/Search Publications
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Jeff Jackson
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Ideal introduction including several provocative interviews, non-fiction pieces, autobiographical fragments, collages, bibliography and a well-chosen selection of his short stories (some previously uncollected) and the first chapter of 'Crash.' Catalogs Ballard's obsessions and why they matter. ...more
Adam
Apr 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent introduction to J.G. Ballard's fiction, life, and worldview. If you've never read any of his books, this might actually be the best place to start. His novels are often cold, clinical, and bizarre, so it's nice to come to them with some idea of his obsessions and general outlook on life. Also, he's a surprisingly warm and verbose interview subject. ...more
John
Nov 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone, especially geeks
Ballard's viewpoint is fascinating. He often subverts the definition of "story" or "text" in order to show the reader something they've never seen before.

This collection has interviews, plus quite weird smaller pieces. You might want to check out Ballard's short story collections or other books, if this RE/Search book is too much to take.
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Stephen
Jan 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Odd shit, in bite-size portions.
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Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Essential.
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Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
“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 . . .”
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Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Editie van het illustere tijdscrift RE/Search, met centraal een lang interview van Vale en Andrea Juno met Ballard thuis.
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Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Best of the series
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Feb 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-fic
the Index is genius.
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The editor is Vale (just Vale), not "Vivienne Vale" as listed here. ...more
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This is the book that got me obsessed with Ballard
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Japanese-American writer and publisher. He also played keyboards for the later famous power trio Blue Cheer.

In 1977 he started to publish the punk fanzine "Search and destroy" In 1980, he began publication of RE/Search, a tabloid format zine focusing on various counterculture and underground topics.

RE/Search later became always a format for books, of which Vale is a regular contributor.
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