J G Ballard 1930-2008

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J G Ballard 1930-2008

Postby JamesPD » Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:30 pm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8007331.stm

Right now, I've very, very depressed.

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Re: J G Ballard 1930-2008

Postby RealityStudio » Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:35 pm

You're so stricken with grief that you killed off JG last year. Official date of death: 19 April 2009. RIP.
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Re: J G Ballard 1930-2008

Postby Only Me » Sun Apr 19, 2009 6:26 pm

Ah damn it. Not unexpected but still an absolute nightmare.

RIP JGB. You will not be forgotten.

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Re: J G Ballard 1930-2008

Postby RealityStudio » Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:36 pm

Right this second there's actually a headline on the home page of Yahoo about Ballard's death. I'm amazed. Except for Empire and Crash, you can barely buy any of his books in this country. His last few books, if I'm not mistaken, couldn't even find an American publisher. Must be a slow news day.
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Re: J G Ballard 1930-2008

Postby Only Me » Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:45 pm

Well, he was known by mainstream American audiences for Empire of The Sun. That's the hook. And if a worthless piece of shit like Jade 'Racist Braindead Big Brother Slapper' Goody's death can get major coverage, why shouldn't JGB's? Though I doubt his will merit anywhere near the same amount of coverage or hysteria. Or morally dubious filming.

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Re: J G Ballard 1930-2008

Postby Egil » Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:05 pm

Only Me wrote:Well, he was known by mainstream American audiences for Empire of The Sun. That's the hook. And if a worthless piece of shit like Jade 'Big Brother Slapper' Goody's death can get major coverage, why shouldn't JGB's? Though I doubt his will merit anywhere near the same amount of coverage or hysteria. Or morally dubious filming.


It's getting coverage in the appropriate places: http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2009/4/19/18200/8023

People will pay attention. It's just the weekend, that's all.

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Re: J G Ballard 1930-2008

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Re: J G Ballard 1930-2008

Postby Only Me » Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:18 pm

Raising a memorial beer or three to The Man:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efSG2DM6ww0

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Re: J G Ballard 1930-2008

Postby RealityStudio » Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:56 am

The obit on Ballardian has gathered a nice number of tributes in the comments:

http://www.ballardian.com/rip-jg-ballard-1930-2009

And I see that Vale at Re/Search has posted a relatively recent picture and some details of Ballard's last months:

http://www.researchpubs.com/Blog/?p=163
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Re: J G Ballard 1930-2008

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Re: J G Ballard 1930-2009

Postby edward_de_vere » Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:30 pm

It's been a sad couple of years: Vonnegut in 2007, now Ballard.

It's disgusting that this didn't make the major news headlines. On the other hand, when Anna Nicole Smith died, the news networks hardly talked about anything else.

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Re: J G Ballard 1930-2009

Postby JPaul23 » Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:28 am

edward_de_vere wrote:It's been a sad couple of years: Vonnegut in 2007, now Ballard.

It's disgusting that this didn't make the major news headlines. On the other hand, when Anna Nicole Smith died, the news networks hardly talked about anything else.


It made 2 major TV news programmes here (in the UK ). I wish they'd given Iain Sinclair more time on air than they gave Martin Amis

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Re: J G Ballard 1930-2009

Postby Egil » Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:52 pm

edward_de_vere wrote:It's been a sad couple of years: Vonnegut in 2007, now Ballard.

It's disgusting that this didn't make the major news headlines. On the other hand, when Anna Nicole Smith died, the news networks hardly talked about anything else.


Well, to be fair to Ballard, he didn't have gigantic tits. Truth be told, biology outplays books 9.9 times out of 10. Unless the books are about tits.


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Re: J G Ballard 1930-2008

Postby RealityStudio » Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:02 am



That begins as a story reminiscent of Poe and ends as a de Chirico painting. Anyone know when exactly it was written?
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