• I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen

    J.G. Ballard
  • In a totally sane society, madness is the only freedom

    J.G. Ballard
  • Unhappy parents teach you a lesson that lasts a lifetime

    J.G. Ballard
  • The marriage of reason and nightmare that dominated the 20th century has given birth to an ever more ambiguous world. Across the communications landscape move the spectres of sinister technologies and the dreams that money can buy. Thermo-nuclear weapons systems and soft-drink commercials coexist in an overlit realm ruled by advertising and pseudo-events, science and pornography. Over our lives preside the great twin leitmotifs of the 20th century – sex and paranoia…In a sense, pornography is the most political form of fiction, dealing with how we use and exploit each other, in the most urgent and ruthless way

    J.G. Ballard
  • In the post-Warhol era a single gesture such as uncrossing one's legs will have more significance than all the pages in War and Peace

    J.G. Ballard
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