Kick the Dog

Kick the Dog - the first book trailer for APPLIED BALLARDIANISM... Play it loud. Excerpt from Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing… "I can trace my decline, I know I can. That is one of the bittersweet benefits of survival. You can locate the exact point in time when you…

Sheared away

Excerpt from Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing... "The man lowered his voice. 'Get in the car… NOW.’ Who was he? Some kind of roadside authority? But why was he dressed like a nurse, and why so threatening? As he marched towards us, Philip whispered: ‘See that hatch over there?’…

Dark strains

Excerpt from Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing... "The target demographic was beyond street smart; they’d seen and heard it all before. The logical next step, as Ballard predicted, was to market their nightmares, and the only place left to visit when the world has been stripmined of experience, when…

Apocalyptic mindset

Excerpt from Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing... That year, I lived in perpetual fear, divining signs everywhere of a forthcoming suburban apocalypse, like the series of Hummer billboards plastered all over the city. The angle of the photo in the billboards emphasised the car’s bulbous grille and fat tyres,…

Metal filaments

Excerpt from Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing... "The concierge made ominous rumblings about global warming destroying his island, but I could not read what was really behind those eyes. He slinked away into the darkness at the end of the passageway and I returned to bed. Sleep claimed me…

Nocturnal drift

Excerpt from Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing... "On those nocturnal drifts, a strange feeling enveloped me, the likes of which I had not experienced since that extraordinary night in Den Haag. It happened only at a precise moment, as I neared the completion of my walk, rounding the bend…

I know this…

Excerpt from Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing... I travelled around the northern towns for a few days. When I reached Morioka, I visited an izakaya. There, I met a Japanese man who told me I looked out of place. ‘What do you mean?' I said. 'Because I’m Australian?’ (I’d…

Bent Light

Excerpt from Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing... "Catherine found a job teaching English in Osaka and I followed her to eke out a living as her assistant, performing menial work like typing up tests and researching classroom topics. For this, the English school paid me a modest stipend. Outside…

Bunker Logic

Excerpt from Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing... "Eventually, I passed a WWII bunker half hidden by dunes. It was covered almost completely in long grass, but unlike the Rembrandt, once sighted, it captured my attention in an instant, and I scrambled up and over the high dune shielding it…

Alien Electricity

Photo of J.G. Ballard by Simon Durrant. Excerpt from Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing... "Accompanying the i-D interview, Simon Durrant’s monochrome photo portrait compounded Ballard’s abnormal charisma. Ballard wears a black shirt and gazes off camera. His expression is detached yet defined: framing his thumb and forefinger over his…