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The man who knew Oswald too much

“The Second Oswald,” a new play by Andrei Codrescu, focuses on writer Kerry Thornley, who served with Lee Harvey Oswald in the U.S. Marines and wrote a novel about him a year before Oswald purportedly killed J.F.K. Thornley’s writings later became a major influence on QAnon and other underground groups.

The play will run for one night only on Mon., Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., at Bowery Poetry Club, at 308 Bowery.

Bob Holman of Bowery Poetry Club is featured as Thornley. The producers are Ram Devineni and Rattapallax, Inc.

The performance will be followed by a conversation between Codrescu and Jesse Walker on the “United States of Conspiracies” — from the J.F.K. assassination to QAnon.

The discussion will be from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and free to attend. Admission to the play is $15.

Walker is the books editor of Reason magazine, for which he has written on topics ranging from pirate radio and conspiracy theories to cults and copyright law. His second book, “The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory” (HarperCollins, 2013), was named one of Amazon’s top 20 nonfiction books of the year and made the Chicago Tribune’s list of the year’s best books.

The event is supported through a grant from Humanities New York and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

For more information and tickets, plus a video of Andrei Codrescu talking about the inspiration for the play, click here.

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