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Saturday, May 24, 2014

J.G. Ballard on Novel Outlines

"In the case of the novels, the synopsis is much longer. For High-Rise, it was about twenty-five thousand words, written in the form of a social worker’s report on the strange events that had taken place in this apartment block, an extended case history.... By synopsis I... mean... a running narrative in the perfect tense with the dialogue in reported speech, and with an absence of reflective passages and editorializing."
-- J.G. Ballard in the Paris Review interview 

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