Waiting for John-John

Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot premiered in 1953. He won the 1969 Nobel Prize for Literature and helped popularize “the theater of the absurd” literary genre.

Some of the more radical QAnon folks gathered Tuesday at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, waiting for John-John. They believed that John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1960-1999) did not die in a plane crash and would re-appear at the site of his dad’s assassination.

Some of the absurdists who gathered on that rainy day in Dallas expected Kennedy to announce at Dealey Plaza that he would be Donald Trump’s Vice-Presidential running mate in 2024. Some said Trump would step down after winning and the new President Kennedy would name Michael Flynn as his vice president.

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) “abandoned conventional dramatic form to portray the futility of human struggle in a senseless world.” It reminds me of biblical apocalyptic imagery, as found in parts of Daniel, Ezekiel, Mark 13, and Revelation. Apocalyptic writing flourishes when people lose hope in society’s structures and institutions.

The photo below is from an article in the Dallas Morning News. Other coverage can be found at the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Hill. etc.

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