Fiction is a branch of neurology: the scenarios of nerve and blood vessel are the written mythologies of memory and desire.
— J.G. Ballard, Ambit magazine, 1967
I am really grateful for such excerpts as Matteo Pasquinelli’s Animal Spirits: the Ballardian bestiary. I think Ballard has recovered his prophetic voice, as the totalizing postmodern reading of his works (such as Baudrillard’s celebratory but neutered and simulacra-centered commentary of Crash) has been toned down, foremost by Ballard himself who hated the postmodernist jargon – and become a potential embodiment of a true anti-postmodernist manifesto.
The adjective Ballardian has earned a dictionary entry meaning a literature “usually resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in J. G. Ballard’s novels and stories, especially dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments.”(Collins English Dictionary).