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Rick McGrath’s Letter From London: The JG Ballard Memorial

By • Nov 30th, 2009 •

Category: Ambit magazine, Chris Petit, features, film, Iain Sinclair, Lead Story, Michael Moorcock, New Worlds, R.I.P. JGB, Shanghai, Shepperton, Solveig Nordlund, Steven Spielberg, time travel, Toby Litt, Will Self, William Burroughs

“Greetings from London! Hope all is well with you. I’ve just attended the long-anticipated JG Ballard Memorial celebration at the Tate Modern and now I’m catching my breath — and a few beers — at a nearby Thames-side pub with fellow Ballardians. We’re having a wonderful time — wish you were here. But let’s start at the beginning. We have time to order some Alsatian off the barbie…” Love from Rick.



'His personal horizon': Sinclair and Self on Ballard

By • Jun 16th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, CCTV, film, Iain Sinclair, Ian Curtis, music, psychogeography, Shepperton, suburbia, surveillance, Will Self

Iain Sinclair and Will Self together on stage talking about Ballard, Orson Welles and CCTV. Garden gnomes, Simon Reynolds and John Lydon get roped into the ring, also.



Indexed out of existence…

By • May 2nd, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, Ballardosphere, celebrity culture, censorship, features, humour, pastiche, short stories, Will Self

Is Woody Allen a Ballard fan? Lucy Vickery at The Spectator certainly is.



Psychogeography? Psychopathology, maybe…

By • Feb 21st, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Iain Sinclair, psychogeography, Will Self

Iain Sinclair and Will Self on the same stage talking about psychogeography and Ballard? Who knew.



‘This most astonishing penumbra’: Will Self on J.G. Ballard

By • Feb 2nd, 2008 •

Category: archival, dystopia, interviews, science fiction, Shanghai, Shepperton, urban decay, Will Self, William Burroughs, WWII

Will Self was recently interviewed on BBC Radio 4 by Mariella Frostrup about his admiration for J.G. Ballard’s work. Here’s a transcript of that interview.



Prophets of Doom

By • Jul 29th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, dystopia, Philip K. Dick, science fiction, Will Self, William Burroughs

In the Independent, Deborah Orr parses Ballard in her analysis of John Gray’s Black Mass: In his latest book, Black Mass, the philosopher John Gray traces the history of Western millenarianism … For Gray, it is utopianism itself that is the problem. He suggests that ‘it is dystopian thinking we most need.’ We must, if […]