Monday, April 20, 2009

J.G.Ballard, 1930-2009

“The marriage of reason and nightmare which has dominated the 20th century has given birth to an ever more ambiguous world. Across the communications landscape move the specters of sinister technologies and the dreams that money can buy. Thermonuclear weapons systems and soft drink commercials coexist in an overlit realm ruled by advertising and pseudoevents, science and pornography. Over our lives preside the great twin leitmotifs of the 20th century — sex and paranoia.”
from the author's introduction to the 1974 French edition of Crash.

During these assasination fantasies / Tallis became increasingly obsessed / with the pudenda of the Presidential contender / mediated to him by a thousand television screens. / The motion picture studies of Ronald Reagan / created a scenario of the conceptual orgasm, / a unique ontology of violence and disaster.
The section headings of "Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan", included in The Atrocity Exhibition.

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