RIP, JG Ballard

Apr 20, 2009 by

Various sources around the internet reported on the death of JG Ballard, author of books such as Empire of the Sun and Crash.

Such was his influence that the adjective ‘Ballardian’ has made it to the Collins English Dictionary:

defined as “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”

Read it from BBC here.

Update: Boingboing has a host of links related to Ballard’s death.  Go here.

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John Updike passes on at 76

Jan 29, 2009 by

One of the more visible American literary novelist, John Updike, died at the age of 76 on Wednesday.  Writer of works such as The Witches of Eastwick, Marry Me and of course, the Rabbit sequence of novels, Updike is no stranger to acclaim, having been lavished with numerous literary prizes, including the Pulitzer.

An interesting tidbit about him is he didn’t seem all that fond of the digital revolution for books – and has reportedly described the oncoming digital future as ‘grisly’.  Gem has found yet another kindred spirit.

Check out the news here.

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