Monthly Archives: September 2014

Warehouses of Wonder: J.G. Ballard

You can see the roots of the future science-fiction writer in JG Ballard’s description of the surreal Shanghai in which he spent his childhood. Here, from the quasi-autobiographical novel The kindness of Women, is the Great World amusement park, as … Continue reading

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Put a dollar into the machine and you’ll remember when

It’s not easy to summarize the 900 pages (50 reading hours) of Tony Judt’s Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. Perhaps the most telling fact is that I was rarely bored until the end, where the generalizations pile up … Continue reading

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