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    City Journal | 12/23/15 | 20 min
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    • Pegeen
      Reading streak
      1 month ago

      I found this article fascinating. I knew nothing of this writer and was pulled along effortlessly. I do remember seeing the movie Crash, years ago, and feeling disturbed. Ballard’s autobiography, Empire of the Sun, sounds like a page turner. Concrete Island, another of his works, sounds like one of those recurring nightmares that one can’t escape. Some really worthy reads here.

      • jeff
        Reading streakScoutScribe
        1 month ago

        Agreed! Each book sounded better than the last.

        • bill
          Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
          1 month ago

          +1. Millennium People sounds like a riot:

          We have become bored with what we have inherited, to which, for lack of talent, we have contributed so humiliatingly little. Ballard understands why educated people, haunted by the pointlessness of their lives, feel the need to protest.

          I’ve never read anything by Philip Roth, but Ballard sounds like he has similar vibes.

          Live differently. Hell yeah.

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      Such a great question:

      What happens to man when the props of civilization are removed from him, as they so easily are, by external circumstances or by the operation of his secret desires or by both in concert?