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J. G. Ballard
(1930-2009) born on
Nov 15
English novelist. He writes books of surrealistic fiction with apocalyptic themes; wrote the best-selling novel "Empire of the Sun," 1984.
What our children have to fear is not the cars on the highways of tomorrow but our own pleasure in calculating the most elegant parameters of their deaths.

Hell is out of fashion --institutional hells at any rate. The populated infernos of the 20th century are more private affairs, the gaps between the bars are the sutures of one's own skull. . .
The car as we know it is on the way out. To a large extent, I deplore its passing, for as a basically old-fashioned machine, it enshrines a basically old-fashioned idea: freedom.
The American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. It's over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam.
The technological landscape of the present day has enfranchised its own electorates --the inhabitants of marketing zones in the consumer goods society, television audiences and news magazine readerships. . . vote with money at the cash counter. . .
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The Atrocity Exhibition, ch. 8 (1970).
R: "Visions of Hell," in New Worlds (London, March 1966; repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9, San Francisco, 1984), review of Wyndham Lewis, The Human Age.
A: "The Car, The Future" (first published in Drive, (London, Autumn 1971; repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9, San Francisco, 1984).
N: Interview in Métaphors, no. 7 (1983; repr. in Re/Search, San Francisco, no. 8/9, 1984).
K: "The Consumer Consumer," in Ink (5 June 1971; repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9, San Francisco, San Francisco, 1984).

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