Sunday, April 19, 2009


A post that is as sad as it was inevitable.

A truly great and insightful writer - one of the greatest, in fact. He's up there in my own personal lit.mythology with Burroughs: the pair of them are, for me, two of the most significant writers of the late 20th century.

Ballard changed the way I looked at the world and how I think about it. And that's probably the greatest compliment I could ever pay him as a person or a writer.

I mentally refer to his work or to his way of viewing the world pretty much on a weekly basis.

I wish I could have met him at least once and said thanks.