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Miracles of Life: foreword to the Greek edition

By • Oct 19th, 2009 •

Category: autobiography, features, Lead Story, medical procedure, memory, Shanghai, time travel, WWII

This is the foreword to the Greek edition of Ballard’s Miracles of Life, to be published by Oxy in November 2009.



"Paradigm of nowhere": Shepperton, a photo essay (part 2)

By • Mar 5th, 2009 •

Category: autobiography, biography, boredom, consumerism, crime, deep time, features, flying, Iain Sinclair, inner space, perception, photography, psychogeography, psychopathology, Shepperton, suburbia, time travel

Finally: the long-delayed conclusion to my photo essay, ‘”Paradigm of nowhere”: Shepperton, a photo essay’, in which I aim for the traversal of a distinct psychic terrain: the blanket overlay of Shepperton with a mental template gleaned from so many Ballard novels and short stories.



'The Meaning, if Any, of Life': New Ballard Book

By • Oct 17th, 2008 •

Category: autobiography, features, Lead Story, medical procedure

Stunning news — a new book from JGB in the works: ‘Outline for a new book, working title Conversations with My Physician. The physician in question is oncologist Professor Jonathan Waxman of Imperial College, London, who is treating Ballard for prostate cancer. While it is in part a book about cancer, and Ballard’s struggle with it, it moves on to broader themes — indeed, the subtitle is The Meaning, if Any, of Life.’



Rick McGrath's Letter from Barcelona: The Exquisite Corpse, An Autopsy of the New Millennium

By • Jul 29th, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, autobiography, Barcelona, David Cronenberg, deep time, dystopia, enviro-disaster, features, gated communities, inner space, Lead Story, medical procedure, Salvador Dali, Shanghai, surrealism, visual art

Transmission from Barcelona stop Having a wonderful time stop I believe in nothing stop Lost in surreal image machine and deep-blue-drenched corridors stretching to infinity stop Startling comma perverse visuals stop Rare books and writing stop Exhibition a raging success stop JGB would be proud stop Full letter to follow comma Love Rick end transmission



Ballardoscope: some attempts at approaching the writer as a visionary

By • Jul 26th, 2008 •

Category: Alain Robbe-Grillet, America, autobiography, Barcelona, Bruce Sterling, deep time, drained swimming pools, features, flying, hyperreality, inner space, literature, medical procedure, science fiction, sexual politics, Shanghai, Shepperton, space relics, speed & violence, Steven Spielberg, surrealism, technology, war, WWII

Jordi Costa, the curator of J.G. Ballard: Autopsy of the New Millennium, currently exhibiting at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, gifts us this incisive analysis of the major themes in Ballard’s work. Accompanying the essay is the alternate version of the exhibition’s promo trailer.



J.G. Ballard, Autopsy of the New Millennium: Press Release

By • Jul 22nd, 2008 •

Category: autobiography, Ballardosphere, Barcelona, dystopia, enviro-disaster, film, inner space, science fiction, sexual politics, Shanghai, Shepperton, speed & violence, suburbia, surrealism, utopia, visual art, WWII

Press release with fuller information and accompanying images for JG Ballard, Autopsy of the New Millennium, opening today at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB).



Empire of the Sun: First Draft

By • Jun 7th, 2008 •

Category: academia, autobiography, Ballardosphere, literature, psychology

What can JGB’s handwriting tell us?



Miracles nominated for Samuel Johnson prize

By • Apr 22nd, 2008 •

Category: autobiography, Ballardosphere, non-fiction

Miracles of Life is in the running for the £30,000 Samuel Johnson non-fiction prize.



J.G. Ballard: The Oracle of Shepperton

By • Feb 26th, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, autobiography, dystopia, film, inner space, reviews, science fiction, Shepperton, suburbia

The final version of Thomas Cazals’ tribute, ‘J.G. Ballard: The Oracle of Shepperton’, has been released. It’s one of the stranger JGB ‘adaptations’ around, and is told with considerable flair and skill.



‘Obeying the surrealist formula': Iain Sinclair & Hermione Lee on Ballard

By • Feb 17th, 2008 •

Category: archival, autobiography, Iain Sinclair, interviews, Salvador Dali, Shanghai, Shepperton, speed & violence, surrealism, visual art, WWII

Here’s a transcription of the BBC Radio Front Row review of Miracles, presented by Mark Lawson and featuring Iain Sinclair and Hermione Lee.



‘Genius eye for the killer detail': Parsons, Harris & Myerson on Ballard

By • Feb 14th, 2008 •

Category: archival, autobiography, celebrity culture, interviews, Shanghai, Shepperton, Steven Spielberg, WWII

This one’s a transcript of BBC 2’s Newsnight Review segment on Miracles of Life. It features Tony Parsons, Julie Myerson and John Harris and is presented by Kirsty Wark.



Book of the Week: Miracles of Life

By • Feb 14th, 2008 •

Category: audio, autobiography, Ballardosphere

Miracles is BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week.



‘Marinaded in war and violence': Philip Dodd interviews J.G. Ballard

By • Feb 7th, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, archival, autobiography, consumerism, interviews, Shanghai, Shepperton, WWII

Here’s a transcript of Philip Dodd’s recent BBC Radio 3 interview with JGB.



Miracles of Life (2008)

By • Feb 2nd, 2008 •

Category: autobiography, bibliography, non-fiction, Shanghai, Shepperton, WWII

From amazon.co.uk: Synopsis ‘Miracles of Life’ opens and closes in Shanghai, the city where J.G.Ballard was born, and where he spent the most of the Second World War interned with his family in a Japanese concentration camp. In the intervening chapters Ballard creates a memoir that is both an enthralling narrative and a detailed examination […]



Big British Ballard Buzz

By • Feb 2nd, 2008 •

Category: autobiography, Ballardosphere

Recent media action surrounding Miracles of Life.



More extracts from Miracles of Life

By • Jan 29th, 2008 •

Category: autobiography, Ballardosphere, boredom, psychology, science fiction, speed & violence, visual art

The Times has two more extracts from Miracles of Life. In the first, Ballard reminisces about his time as a trainee air force pilot. In the second, he discusses the ideas behind Crash.



New Ballard video interview

By • Jan 25th, 2008 •

Category: autobiography, Ballardosphere, Shanghai, Shepperton, WWII

Still from Hari Kunzru’s interview with J.G. Ballard. © Waterstone’s Books Quarterly. Waterstones is featuring a video interview with JGB, conducted by Hari Kunzru to promote Miracles of Life. There are no surprises here. Kunzru asks Ballard about the relationship of Miracles to JGB’s semi-autobiographical novels, Empire of the Sun and The Kindness of Women, […]



Miracles of Life extract & interview

By • Jan 20th, 2008 •

Category: autobiography, Ballardosphere, features, Lead Story, Shanghai, WWII

The Times is featuring an extract from Ballard’s forthcoming autobiography, Miracles of Life. There’s also an accompanying interview, in which it’s revealed that Ballard has been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.



Ask Ballard a Question

By • Dec 16th, 2007 •

Category: autobiography, Shanghai, WWII

From the BBC World Service: World Book Club – J.G. Ballard (Radio) (24 January, 2008) January’s guest is J.G. Ballard talking about his novel Empire Of The Sun with Harriet Gilbert and a studio audience. Each month an internationally renowned author discusses their most celebrated novel with presenter Harriet Gilbert. To be part of the […]



Miraculous Foreplay

By • Dec 10th, 2007 •

Category: advertising, autobiography, Ballardosphere, Lead Story, surrealism, urban ruins, WWII

The publicity machine is warming up for Ballard’s forthcoming autobiography, Miracles of Life, due for publication February 2008.



New Ballard Bio Cover

By • Sep 26th, 2007 •

Category: autobiography, Ballardosphere, William Burroughs

Above is the cover for J.G. Ballard’s forthcoming autobiography, to be published by Fourth Estate (and previously announced here). Meanwhile, the Burroughs crowd over at Reality Studio are having spirited words about the chosen title… They’ve also voiced an intriguing proposition, a ‘what if’ scenario to get the good old synapses firing: imagine if Ballard […]



Dream's Ransom: Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun

By • Sep 14th, 2007 •

Category: autobiography, David Cronenberg, features, film, filmography, flying, Shanghai, Steven Spielberg, WWII, YouTube

Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun (more at YouTube.) by Pedro Groppo EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987) Director: Steven Spielberg Screenplay: Tom Stoppard, based on the novel by J.G. Ballard Starring: Christian Bale, John Malkovich Whereas the sensibilities of J. G. Ballard and David Cronenberg, who directed Crash (1996), seem to overlap and complement […]



Miracles of Life: J.G. Ballard Autobiography

By • Sep 4th, 2007 •

Category: autobiography, Ballardosphere

Major news just in via David Pringle. From last week’s Bookseller: Ballard memoir to HarperCollins 31.08.07 Sarah Finley Fourth Estate editorial director Clare Reihill has acquired J G Ballard’s autobiography Miracles of Life from agent Maggie Hanbury. Reihill bought British and Commonwealth rights in the memoir, due in February next year. Ballard, most famous for […]



China Odyssey

By • Aug 18th, 2007 •

Category: autobiography, Ballardosphere, film, Shanghai, Steven Spielberg, WWII, YouTube

Over on BallardoTube, the “China Odyssey” doco on the making of Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun has appeared. Ballard features prominently. Don’t forget part two. [ thanks Pedro! ]