Containing Multitudes Since 2004
Boy, that's tough. He was truly a man of letters.
Last night, CBC Radio current affairs program As It Happens ran a half-hour radio drama by Ballard titled The Dead Astronaut, from 1973.Here's a link to the podcast page.
Ballard was head and shoulders above the competition in the UK. Miracles of Life is a superb memoir. Crash is the only book I've physically winced at whilst reading. In my opinion The Kindness of Women is his most underrated book and Empire of the Sun, although atypical, is his best.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article6135712.eceI heard this story on the radio this morning, quite interesting.
James Fallows of the Atlantic posts some pictures of the house in Shanghai where the Ballards lived before the war as it appears now, including the attic young Jim used to play in: http://tinyurl.com/cwnn9qIt's now a fancy restaurant.
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