J. G. Ballard, High-Rise

High-Rise by J.G. Ballard My rating: 4 of 5 stars It's strange when you think about it that English writing¬†should have contributed a certain kind of adjectival author to literature. Obviously you can make a meaningful adjective out of any famous writer's name, but the type of author I have in mind is more specific, … Continue reading J. G. Ballard, High-Rise

Crash, Libertarianism, and the Novel

Mark Lilla recently published an essay decrying what he describes as the libertarian dogma of our time, an unthinking adherence to "anything goes" in both culture and economics that has replaced fully-elaborated ideological systems like liberalism, communism, and the religious traditions: The distinction between ideology and dogma is worth bearing in mind. Ideology tries to … Continue reading Crash, Libertarianism, and the Novel