A User's Guide to the Millennium: Essays and Reviews

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Macmillan, Apr 15, 1997 - Literary Collections - 320 pages
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Over the course of his career, J.G. Ballard has revealed hidden truths about the modern world. The essays, reviews, and ruminations gathered here—spanning the breadth of this long career—approach reality with the same sharp prose and sharper vision that distinguish his fiction. Ballard's fascination for and fixation upon this century take him from Mickey Mouse to Salvador Dali, from Los Angeles to Shanghai, from William Burroughs to Winnie the Pooh, from the future to today.
 

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A user's guide to the millennium: essays and reviews

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A respected figure in contemporary fiction, Ballard is best known for his novels (most recently Crash, on which a film just honored at Cannes was based). This nonfiction collection, however, features ... Read full review

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FILM Casablanca Brando and Mae West Star Wars and Blue Velvet
1
LIVES Nancy Reagan Elvis Howard Hughes and Hirohito
31
THE VISUAL WORLD Warhol Hockney Dali and the Surrealists
57
WRITERS Scott Fitzgerald Henry Miller the Marquis de Sade and William Burroughs
107
SCIENCE Einstein the Gene Pool Freud and Richard Feynman
147
AUTOBIOGRAPHY From Shanghai to Shepperton
171
SCIENCE FICTION Inner Space Early Manifestos and the Billion Year Spree
187
IN GENERAL CocaCola and Walt Disney Mein Kampf and the Astronauts
211
AUTOBIOGRAPHY Memories of the Rising Sun
281
INDEX
295
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About the author (1997)

J. G. Ballard is the author of numerous books, including Empire of the Sun, the underground classic Crash, Concrete Island and The Kindness of Women. He is revered as one of the most important writers of fiction to address the consequences of twentieth-century technology. He passed away in 2009.

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