J.G. Ballard’s “The Assassination of John Fitzerald Kennedy Considered As A Downhill Motor Race” set alongside Alfred Jarry’s “The Crucifixion Considered As An Uphill Bicycle Race”.
I’ve considered Ballard’s piece cute as hell in conception, a little trying in execution – there’s a demand to be pat, or witty, at the end, and he doesn’t pull it off. Now I see it’s a response to the Jarry, which deepens it, if mostly the idea of Ballard reading Jarry. It seems incongruous, weirdly. The Jarry is brilliant. I think doing this with the religio-spiritual works in a way doing it with the political does not. It slashes against the rigidity of the world and its ways and shows it as absurd. Jarry gets an A.