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J.G. Ballard, R.I.P.

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J.G. Ballard “Obituary”
by V. Vale
April 19, 2009

J.G. Ballard with V. Vale

I particularly hate it when “rebels” die – there are already so few of them/us. Sometimes it seems like virtually everyone you meet these days in the world is a slave to the profit motive/capitalist imperative: “What’s the meaning of life?” “To make money!” J.G. Ballard, and another of my relatively recently deceased role models, W.S. Burroughs, both refused to prostitute their writing, and they both refused to shmooze and “network” merely to further their “careers.” Both had a hatred of bourgeois hypocrisy and phony politeness, while at the same time being deeply polite and courteous, almost to a fault “¦

But for now, let us think of ways to publicly mourn one of the greatest thinkers and poets of the past century. (more…)