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Why I Want to Fuck Donald Trump

By • Mar 5th, 2016 •

Category: America, celebrity culture, Donald Trump, dystopia, features, Lead Story, politics, sexual politics

Donald Trump as a series of posture concepts, basic equations which re-formulate the roles of aggression and anality.



'Architectures of the Near Future': An Interview with Nic Clear

By • Dec 24th, 2008 •

Category: academia, architecture, enviro-disaster, film, Fredric Jameson, interviews, Jean Baudrillard, politics, urban ruins, utopia, war

Nic Clear leads the remarkable Unit 15 course on the built environment at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. In this interview, Nic explains the course’s focus on the work of Ballard as a way to counter the lamentable state of current discourse on architecture. The article includes clips of six stunning films produced by students as part of this Ballard-inspired methodology.



'Because we're fucked': Skinner vs Gray

By • Dec 15th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, dystopia, John Gray, music, politics, utopia

John Gray meets Mike Skinner, discusses Ballard.



Toy Atrocity

By • Aug 1st, 2008 •

Category: America, Ballardosphere, conspiracy theory, politics, short stories

A 1:43 scale JFK motorcade and Ballard: what’s the connection?



Contemporary Critical Perspectives: J.G. Ballard

By • Jun 7th, 2008 •

Category: academia, Ballardosphere, consumerism, politics, sexual politics, speed & violence, terrorism, urban ruins

Info on a new volume of Ballard criticism, edited by Jeannette Baxter.



‘I really would not want to fuck George W. Bush!’: A Conversation with J.G. Ballard

By • May 17th, 2008 •

Category: America, archival, Bruce Sterling, consumerism, Germany, interviews, New Worlds, Philip K. Dick, politics, psychology, science fiction, short stories, surrealism, William Gibson, WWII

Dan O’Hara is back with another translation of a German Ballard interview, this time from 2007 with JGB in priapic, puckish form.



Ballard/Noys/Fisher

By • Jan 17th, 2008 •

Category: academia, David Cronenberg, film, Jean Baudrillard, politics, reviews

A review of two academic articles written by Ben Noys on Ballard’s work, both analysing Ballard’s place in contemporary cultural production. This review also considers Mark Fisher’s recent Lacanian analysis of Basic Instinct 2, in an edition of Film-Philosophy edited by Noys, with its unearthing of intriguing Ballardian parallels.



John's Gone

By • Nov 29th, 2007 •

Category: Australia, Ballardosphere, politics, surrealism

So he has… ..:: Previously on Ballardian: John Howard: The Conspiracy of Grey Men (which is the only post on this site I’ve left with a comments box completely unmoderated, as the comments are completely priceless and apparently fairly sum up the level of political debate in this country).



Sticking It to the Man

By • Apr 10th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, celebrity culture, politics

I’ve never been able to wrap my head around the image of musicians and artists, who have built a career on left ideals and a rigorous program of apparent anti-authoritarianism, accepting knighthoods, or OBEs, or any of the hollow gongs that seem to get passed out like candy of late in the old country. Sir […]



The Peasants are Revolting? You Can Say that Again! (so says the King of Id)

By • Apr 9th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, politics, the middle classes, urban revolt

At the risk of incurring another bogey in the comments box, Dr John emails to inform me of a piece in the Guardian entitled ‘Revolution, flashmobs, and brain chips. A grim vision of the future’. John writes: ‘It might just be because I’ve been getting ready for a conference on J. G. Ballard, but this […]



More on Liddle and Ballard

By • Feb 12th, 2007 •

Category: Australia, Ballardosphere, consumerism, Iain Sinclair, Michael Moorcock, politics, sport

REMINDER: The ‘call for papers’ deadline for ‘Shanghai to Shepperton: An International Conference on J.G. Ballard’ is three days away. See here for details, and here for more on the conference. J. Carter Wood, over at Obscene Desserts, has posted a long and thoughtful rebuttal of Rob Liddle’s recent dismissal of Kingdom Come. I posted […]



Collecting "The Violent Noon" and other assorted Ballardiana

By • Feb 5th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, media landscape, politics, Shanghai, short stories

Left: Ballard’s author pic from the Varsity student newspaper (image & PDF courtesy Rick McGrath). Mike Holliday has uploaded J.G. Ballard — A Collector’s Guide, an in-depth information resource designed “as a ‘helping hand’ to anyone interested in collecting books, stories, and other material by the British author J. G. Ballard”. There’s a lot of […]