"Down and going under, rather than up and coming, is [Beckett's] favorite orientation. He offers the underside, rather than the chesty side, of experience. His defeated heroes belong to vaudeville rather than to the formal literary tradition. But it is not exactly vaudeville either, as Bert Lahr discovered in Waiting for Godot, and Buster Keaton in Beckett's one film. Ultimate bafflement, what Beckett calls 'the issueless predicament of existence,' somehow infects the clowning and gives the pratfall an enigmatic ultimateness."Beckett, Samuel is the author of 'Collected Shorter Plays', published 1994 under ISBN 9780802150554 and ISBN 0802150551.