Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller was an American author, short-story writer, screenwriter, and playwright, and the author of seven novels, including the classic Catch-22 and Something Happened

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to.

 

— Catch-22


ARTICLES FEATURING JOSEPH

Smothered: Part 3

On 'love, drugs, madness, betrayal, self-deception, and youthful ambition.'...


Rereading Catch-22

For many years, I believed that my favorite novel was Catch-22....


The Ghost of Books: Past, Present, and Future


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