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A review of Millennium People, J.G. Ballard’s novel of middle-class boredom and meaningless violence

Early in J.G. Ballard’s 2003 novel Millennium People, our narrator David Markham remarks that “A vicious boredom ruled the world, for the first time in human history, interrupted by meaningless acts of violence.” The sentence delivers three of the novel’s key terms: boredom, meaningless, and violence. These words (or iterations of… Read More

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The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (Seventh Riff: 1966)

PREVIOUSLY: Introductions + stories 1956-1959 Stories of 1960 Stories of 1961 Stories of 1962 “The Subliminal Man,” Black Friday, and Consumerism Stories of 1963-1964 IN THIS RIFF: “The Beach Murders’”(1966) “The Day of Forever” (1966) “The Impossible Man” (1966) “Storm–Bird, Storm–Dreamer” (1966) “Tomorrow is a Million Years”… Read More

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The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (Sixth Riff: 1963-1964)

PREVIOUSLY: Introductions + stories 1956-1959 Stories of 1960 Stories of 1961 Stories of 1962 “The Subliminal Man,” Black Friday, and Consumerism IN THIS RIFF: “The Reptile Enclosure” (1963) “A Question of Re-Entry” (1963) “The Time Tombs” (1963) “Now Wakes the Sea” (1963) “The Venus Hunters” (1963) “End-Game” (1963) “Minus One” (1963) “The Sudden… Read More

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The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (Fifth Riff: “The Subliminal Man”)

PREVIOUSLY: Introductions + stories 1956-1959 Stories of 1960 Stories of 1961 Stories of 1962 IN THIS RIFF: “The Subliminal Man” (1963) 1. Today is Black Friday in America. I don’t think it’s necessary to remark at length on the bizarre disjunction between this exercise in consumerism-as-culture and… Read More

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The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (Second Riff: Stories of 1960)

PREVIOUSLY: Introductions + stories 1956-1959 IN THIS RIFF: Stories published in 1960: “The Sound-Sweep” “Zone of Terror” “Chronopolis” “The Voices of Time” “The Last World of Mr. Goddard” 1. “The Sound-Sweep” (1960) Ballard’s strong suit isn’t characterization. In his later writing, he transcends this apparent… Read More

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The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (First Riff: Introductions + Stories 1956-1959)

IN THIS RIFF: Introductions Stories published between 1956 and 1959: “Prima Belladonna” “Escapement” “The Concentration City” “Venus Smiles” “Manhole 69” “Track 12” “The Waiting Grounds” “Now: Zero” 1. Introduction I first read J.G. Ballard in high school. I found his work, somehow, after reading Burgess,… Read More