JG Ballard 1930-2009
It was announced this weekend that the novelist JG Ballard has died, following a long illness. The author of 19 novels and numerous short stories, Ballard exerted a huge influence over many artists, writers and filmmakers with his disquieting and vivid meditations on modernity, technology, violence, ecological crisis and psychological breakdown.
Obituaries on the BBC and the Guardian websites can be read here and here, respectively. An interview with Ballard by Ralph Rugoff, published in issue 34 of frieze, May 1997, can be read here. The website ballardian.com provides a comprehensive source of Ballard-related information, criticism and links.