► 2019: Simon Sellars interviewed by Brendan C. Byrne, Medium
“I feel like this culture sent me mad, and also i think the scars of doing a PhD never fade. It is such a lonely and isolating process, and especially so when you are in a discipline that no one cares about or values. In many ways, I still see myself as a failed academic, but if I’d stuck with it, I’d never have produced Applied Ballardianism.”
► 2019: Simon Sellars interviewed by Lee Rourke, 3:AM Magazine
“Melbourne is as Ballardian as anywhere — more so, because it’s pure. We don’t have thousands of years of culture to distract us. Just rat cunning and a tragic history of bloodshed.”
► 2018: Simon Sellars interviewed by Robin Mackay, Urbanomic
“There’s a strong theme in Applied Ballardianism of feeling uncomfortable in one’s own skin and it manifests in all kinds of ways: on the fringes of academia, unsure of one’s sexuality and masculinity, Australian and on the edge of the world.”
► 2018: Simon Sellars interviewed by Tadas Vinokur, Aleatory Books
“I always remember that guy from the show Lost doing an ad for some kind of men’s beauty regime… This plastic freak was a sort of ideal replicant paraded before us to shame us into tucking our beer bellies in, into staying perky and peppy no matter what. I despise him.”
► 2018: Simon Sellars interviewed by Robert Barry, The Quietus
“I don’t think theory-fiction is a genre. I certainly don’t feel part of any movement. Theory-fiction is more like an attitude or something. People don’t take theory seriously anymore. Everyone’s bored with it. Philosophy memes scorch everything in their wake.”
► 2018: Simon Sellars interviewed by Andrew Frost, The Art Life
“It’s been a wild and crazy time living my life under the Ballardian lens, dangerous at times, as the book hints, although never less than thrilling. I owe Mr Ballard everything, but it’s time to move on.”
► 2018: Simon Sellars interviewed by Meta-Nomad, Hermitix
“My narrator enters various layers of reality until he can no longer find his way home, and the journey can only end in one of two scenarios: either the apocalypse or total paranoia.
► 2012: Simon Sellars interviewed by Andrew Frost, The Art Life
In this podcast for The Art Life, art critic Andrew Frost talks to me about Extreme Metaphors and J.G. Ballard’s connections with visual art.
► 2012: Simon Sellars interviewed by Karl Quinn, The Quietus
I was interviewed about Extreme Metaphors for online music and culture magazine, The Quietus.
► 2012: Simon Sellars, Dan O’Hara and Mark Dery interviewed by Ash Crawford for 21C magazine
Ash Crawford from influential cyberpunk magazine 21C interviewed myself, co-editor Dan O’Hara and cultural critic Mark Dery about Extreme Metaphors and J.G. Ballard’s enduring influence.
► 2011: Simon Sellars interviewed by Stuart Harrison, Rory Hyde and Simon Knott, The Architects
On radio RRR in Melbourne, I was interviewed about Ballard, architecture and my then-new role as incoming editor of Architectural Review Australia (soon to become Architectural Review Asia Pacific).
► 2008: Simon Sellars interviewed by Chris Mitchell, Travel Happy
Chris Mitchell interviewed about my former career as a Lonely Planet travel writer. I was honest about the difficulties contracted travel writers face, and for this reason the interview (which was syndicated widely) garnered a lot of attention. To this day, I still get emails from people who’ve read it and want to know how to become a travel writer (short answer: I’m so long out of the industry, I’m no longer of use. Sorry).
► 2006: Simon Sellars interviewed by Geoff Manaugh, BLDG BLOG
As co-writer of Micronations: the Lonely Planet Guide to Home-made Nations, I was interviewed by Geoff Manaugh. We spoke about the architectural implications of micronations.
► 2006: Simon Sellars, John Ryan and George Dunford interviewed by Andres Vaccari, Sleepy Brain
Myself and co-writers John Ryan and George Dunford were interviewed by Andres Vaccari to promote Micronations: the Lonely Planet Guide to Home-made Nations.