J.G. Ballard, "Manhole 69"

Three guys are given an experimental surgery that eliminates their need to sleep.

(from The Best Short Stories of J.G. Ballard)

And then the people go crazy and everybody’s stiff and plain and there’s no mistaking this for a modern story. Just so silly and stiff. It needs some fun, some more personality, though it is certainly interesting. Know what else it needs? A new title. I read this on the Peter Pan to New York to see Superchunk and I wondered if anybody caught a glance of the title at the top of the right-hand pages. Way over the top. Nobody would name a story “Manhole 69″ these days unless it was, you know, supposed to be dirty. Ridiculous.
So, there’s a pic I took of Superchunk. There was no architect designed this view.

One thought on “J.G. Ballard, "Manhole 69"

  1. Korman643

    “Manhole 69″ is beautiful and brilliant – definitely not stiff or silly or whatever. And the tile, despite the obvious innuendo, is quite appropriate, once you’ve read the story.


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