Sunday 15 June 2008

the evolving world

J. G. Ballard says that a lot of writers are 'intensely nostalgic'. Take the Angry Young Men. Kingsley Amis, John Osborne and others weren't responding to what was really going on in society.

'The laying down of the M1 was much more important than anything Jimmy Porter's father-in-law thought about this or that. The motorway system had a much bigger influence on freedom and possibility ... I was interested in the evolving world, the world of hidden persuaders, of the communications landscape developing, of mass tourism, of the vast conformist suburbs dominated by television ...'

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