She totally ruined it for me

You must live in a box if you don’t know novelist J.G. Ballard died a little over a week ago. I never read anything by him and probably never will. This has nothing to do with his reputation as a writer, which from what I read is pretty good. It has a little bit to do with I don’t want to be that person who suddenly deems someone worthy of their time only after they have passed.

No, I won’t read J.G. Ballard because a woman I disdain liked Ballard. This woman, whom I affectionately call Bitchface, tainted the novelist with her endorsement. Now he is inextricably linked with her and therefore something I do not like.

It’s totally crazy, and I realize that. But somehow I cannot separate the art from the patron (so to speak). I keep trying to wrack my brain for other examples of this phenomena, where I’ve attached an unrelated person to a song/artist/author in a negative way. I can’t seem to think of any right now that aren’t romantic in nature (e.g. The Outlaw and that silly Paulo Cohelo parable/allegory/whatnot about following your dreams that I can never remember the name of).

So I’m wondering if my disdain for Bitchface is wholly unique in it’s tainting ability, or is this something all people do?

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  1. UH 27.Apr.09 at 9:59 pm

    My wife won’t drive a Toyota because an ex-girlfriend of mine drove them exclusively.

    I guess that’s sort of similar.

  2. Jodi 27.Apr.09 at 10:00 pm

    That’s totally the same thing. And awesome.

  3. christa 27.Apr.09 at 10:51 pm

    in case you were wondering, i’m the one searching your archives for bitchface. there is so much i’ve missed!

  4. shokkou 28.Apr.09 at 7:04 am

    PWNED! Bitchface has a lot of power over you if she can dictate what you will or will not read. Just sayin…

  5. Barrett 28.Apr.09 at 8:31 am

    For a very similar reason, I have never read, nor will I ever read, Geek Love by Katherine Dunn.

  6. bakiwop 28.Apr.09 at 8:53 am

    i haven’t read anything by ayn rand because most every person i’ve come across that uses one of her books in support of one of their political/economic positions seems to be a big meanie poopie head.

  7. Jodi 28.Apr.09 at 9:01 am

    I have generally found that people who claim Ayn Rand as their all-time fave terrify me.

  8. Zook 28.Apr.09 at 9:17 am

    I don’t know about the other stuff but I CAN tell you that your disdain for Bitchface is not wholly unique because I won’t even use the letters in her name when I write.

  9. jags 28.Apr.09 at 10:41 am

    Although a decent writer, Ayn Rand’s fans seem to have a sophmoric fanaticism for her that is supposed to symbolize their hipness?–kind of like Jack Kerouac fans

  10. Jodi 28.Apr.09 at 10:47 am

    Whenever someone says Jack Kerouac is their fave, I automatically think they haven’t read a book since college.

  11. Barrett 28.Apr.09 at 10:58 am

    Same here. I’m like: Kerouac? What are you, 17?

    I wanted to love Kerouac when I was a young man. I wanted to so bad. But I just couldn’t do it, because it just isn’t good.

  12. Lori 28.Apr.09 at 6:44 pm

    Totally something I do. Often.


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