Re: RARA-AVIS: JG Ballard

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 25 Jul 2008

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    I should clarify something. High Rise, Ballard's follow up to Concrete Island, was the book that moved his theme of alienation from cars to buildings and artificial communities. Cocaine Nights represents a return to the 20-years after it first appears.

    On Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 6:49 PM, Nathan Cain <> wrote:
    > I have read Cocaine Nights, which is definitely a crime novel, might
    > be of interest. It's been a while since I've read it, but it deals
    > with a happy, shiny resort community in Spain that has some dark
    > secrets. It marks a continuation of Ballard's theme of mankind's
    > alienation from one another in modern society, but shifts the author's
    > focus from automobiles (Crash and Concrete Island), to artificial
    > communities ( resorts, gated communities, skyscrapers). Ballard is a
    > difficult, and not always enjoyable, but important author.
    > And anyone with an interest in experimental literature should read The
    > Atrocity Exhibition, a book that so appalled people when it appeared
    > in the 70's that the entire American print run was pulped before
    > distribution. It deals with how the media fractures and alienates. In
    > fact, Ballard's main obsession is our technology drives us apart. The
    > Atrocity Exhibition is the source of his famous short piece "Why I
    > Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan."
    > On Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 6:25 PM, Randy Krbechek <> wrote:
    >> At 7/25/2008, Sean Shapiro wrote:
    >>>Has anyone read JG Ballard's 'Cocaine Nights' or 'Running Wild'?
    >>>Would anyone care to suggest that they qualify as noir?
    >> Sean -
    >> I have not read those titles, but I have read "Concrete Island" and
    >> "Crash," both of which I recommend. If not noir, they certainly
    >> drink from the cup of nihilism. In one of the titles, the
    >> protagonist wakes up after a car crash and is stuck in a highway
    >> median from which he can't escape. See this link to Wikipedia, which
    >> calls it a "twisted adaptation of Robinson Crusoe."
    >> Bye.
    >> Randy Krbechek
    >> Fresno, CA

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