Oh, man, J.G. Ballard is just having the time of his 1930-2009 life! You'll have to pardon him; you see, he just read The Onion's lol-tastic Libra horoscope referencing him, and now he's trying to stifle a laugh.
Looking at this distinguished gentleman as he partakes in a rather boisterous guffaw, you'd think he's a slightly loony Oxford professor, or perhaps the real-world equivalent of the Mad Hatter - but little would you suspect that he's actually been adapted by our own D-Cro of Toronto!
So let that be a lesson to you! Don't judge postmodernists solely by the striped blue of their ties, or the recession of their hairlines.