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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

J.G. Ballard on literary obsessions, motifs

INTERVIEWER: You seem to have an obsessive way of repeatedly playing out permutations of a certain set of emblems and concerns. Things like the winding down of time, car crashes, birds and flying, drained swimming pools, airports, abandoned buildings, Ronald Reagan . . . 
BALLARD ...I quite consciously rely on my obsessions in all my work, that I deliberately set up an obsessional frame of mind. In a paradoxical way, this leaves one free of the subject of the obsession.
-- J.G. Ballard in the Paris Review interview 

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