Along with our passivity, we’re entering a profoundly masochistic phase – everyone is a victim these days, of parents, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, even love itself. And how much we enjoy it. Our happiest moments are spent trying to think up new varieties of victimhood…

author J.G. Ballard, The Age of Unreason

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5 kommentaren

eliane  op 26 juni 2004 @ 20:52:06

Wist je dat Ballard de lievelingsschrijver van Herman Brusselmans is?

Noel  op 27 juni 2004 @ 02:13:09

Thanks for the heads up/link. Very interesting article. It was a little chilling to read Ballard’s saying that “a vicious and genuinely mindless neo-fascism, a skilfully aestheticised racism, might be the first consequence of globalisation,” because I’d just been talking to a friend last week about the same thing (tho’ not so well expressed, of course!).

eamelje  op 27 juni 2004 @ 15:57:55

Ballard has written some weird books, but I don’t really understand why he is always labelled as ‘cult writer’.

I can see why Herman Brusselmans would name him a favourite writer – especially because of the dark dead pan humour – but it’s a shame Brusselmans doesn’t use more Ballard in his own books. I couldn’t read his latest ones.

eliane  op 28 juni 2004 @ 19:26:27

O, I just loved “uitgeverij Guggenheimer”, at the time I lived in one of the streets in Ghent he describes. I even recognized some people. They were not amused, hahaha.

eamelje  op 28 juni 2004 @ 20:53:03

“Uitgeverij Guggenheimer” was a positive exception, though I liked “Guggenheim wast witter” better. Just as “Het einde van mensen in 1967” wasn’t bad. Maybe Brusselmans had a good year in 1999. But “Pitface”, or “Mank” have cured any desire to read anymore of his books.