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Book Review: 'Millennium People' by J.G. Ballard
Book Review: 'Millennium People' by J.G. Ballard

When J.G. Ballard died in April 2009, he left behind a body of work dominated by a few key ideas. First were the erotic possibilities of violence, as embodied by his 1973 novel "Crash." Equally important was his sense of suburban life as not just soul-dead but also dangerous — where beneath a surface layer of conformity we find ugliness and rage. It's easy, in an age of workplace violence and school shootings, to take such a vision for granted; what Ballard is reflecting back at us is the essence of ourselves. But when he first explored these concepts in the 1960s, it was a departure as radical in its way as any of that era. For Ballard, nominally a science-fiction...

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