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War On Weed's End In Sight

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The end of the federal government's War On Weed is approaching fast. No matter how the details work out, that much seems pretty clear at this point.

Gut Spillers, Truth Speakers: Lewis Black at Night of Vonnegut

Kimann Schultz | Posted 04.25.2015 | Comedy
Kimann Schultz

Thank you to the brilliant and brave gut spiller and truth speaker, Lewis Black, who from his very proper podium in the cavernous atrium of the Indianapolis Central Library let loose to an assemblage of supporters gathered to honor the legacy of Kurt Vonnegut.

Matthew 7, Leviticus 20, and the Christian Catch-22

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

I am not anti-Christian when I stand up for LGBT rights. I am anti-bigotry. The fact that someone identifies as a Christian has nothing to do with it. There is no war on religion. It is a war on discrimination. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Why Can't We Defend Obamacare? Catch-22, That's Why

Michael Wolkowitz | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Michael Wolkowitz

Just because the ACA is better than what came before it doesn't mean it is good. It certainly doesn't mean it is good enough. The right can call out all the problems and label them as they wish. Never mind that they laid the groundwork for those problems.

Getting Off the Wheel of Misfortune: US Policy and Syrian Suffering

Lisa Schirch | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Lisa Schirch

Syria is yet another tragedy where the U.S. has no good options, and this is partly a result of its own inconsistent and contradictory policy and goals. Ending violence in Syria requires a long-term solution. There just isn't any quick fix.

Getting Silly

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's right around the corner, folks. That special time of year when politicians flee the Washington summer weather for their home districts for 5 weeks of paid time off, in which many politicians hold "town hall" meetings.

Judge Regretfully Rules Law Doesn't Require US Government to Explain Its Drone War

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

This is one of the best reasons I've heard yet for why the Obama administration should release the legal memos written to justify its overseas targeted killings of terror suspects, regardless of whether any court ever orders it to.

Milo Minderbinder in Afghanistan: Part 1

David Isenberg | Posted 07.18.2012 | Books
David Isenberg

Milo Minderbinder is the war profiteer from Catch 22, "perhaps the best known of all fictional profiteers" in American lit. He was a parody of the American dream and a satire of the modern businessman. Kind of reminds you of the definition of a mercenary, doesn't it?

Interview with Ben Fountain, Author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Teddy Wayne | Posted 06.28.2012 | Books
Teddy Wayne

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk time-warps back to the excesses of the Bush administration in following the titular protagonist, and the seven surviving members of Bravo Squad, for one afternoon as they receive a heroes' welcome during the Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day football game.

I Remember Joe Heller -- Part 3

Susan Braudy | Posted 05.05.2012 | Home
Susan Braudy

I cornered Heller after class. An expression of fear widened his eyes after I insisted on accompanying him on the train back to Manhattan to interview him.

I Remember Joe Heller -- Part 2

Susan Braudy | Posted 05.01.2012 | Home
Susan Braudy

As an artist, he dared to write the unthinkable: that it's totally insane to be 22 years old and to see another soldier's half-digested lunch spill in a bloody mess out of his flak jacket after he'd been pulverized by a bomb.

I Remember Joe Heller -- Part 1

Susan Braudy | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
Susan Braudy

In 1967, my life turned a sharp corner. I impulsively decided to audit Heller's playwriting seminar at Yale. His mordant new novel, Catch-22, was suddenly as relevant as Bob Dylan, whose music I would learn he loved.

Iraq Veteran Reveals His Favorite Soldier Stories

| Posted 12.14.2011 | Books

By Paul Rieckhoff for Bookish As the last American troops come home from Iraq, Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America,...

Joseph Heller Was Not 'Hannibal Lecter Crossed With Mussolini'

Erica Heller | Posted 01.04.2012 | Home
Erica Heller

My father was not Hannibal Lecter crossed with Mussolini, as a few have apparently thought I've depicted him in my book. His teasing sometimes hit the wrong note, but I think half the time he said things simply because they were too clever to suppress.

'Catch-22': The 50 Year Old Paradox Still Rings True | Posted 12.13.2011 | Fifty

Fifty years ago, a new phrase began to make its way into American conversations: "Catch-22." Joseph Heller's irreverent World War II novel — named f...

Happy 50th Anniversary, Catch-22

Erica Heller | Posted 12.10.2011 | Home
Erica Heller

The first time I saw Catch-22, I fell madly in love with it. I was only nine years old, and read about three pages before putting it down. Although I've tried many times to finish reading it, I'm only reading the whole book for the first time now.

One-Hit Wonders Revisited: Happy Anniversary to The Last Picture Show

David Galenson | Posted 12.04.2011 | Arts
David Galenson

All the artists mentioned here appear to have been conceptual innovators, and that their puzzling declines may be a result of the fact that age is not the friend of the conceptual imagination.

Merry Christmas, And Please Pass The Hamantaschen

Erica Heller | Posted 11.29.2011 | Home
Erica Heller

In retrospect, perhaps Catch-22 was our religion. It came with its own holidays, code of ethics and conduct, with joy and with tsouris, not tsimmis.

The Catch-22 of Book Readings, The Taste of Mackerel

Erica Heller | Posted 11.23.2011 | Home
Erica Heller

I prepared for my book reading the way I prepare for most new life experiences: I broke out in hives, didn't sleep for a week, misplaced the mascara, was limned in a perpetual clammy sweat, couldn't breathe and felt bizarrely seasick.

The Waitress Who Traded Barbs With Joseph Heller

Erica Heller | Posted 10.31.2011 | Home
Erica Heller

Listening to Dee and my father having a conversation was like snaring front seats at the Sarcasm Olympics, with barbs and ripostes flying back and forth over the table, whizzing past your stuffed derma like torpedoes.

When Fame And My Father Met: Joseph Heller's Own Catch-22

Erica Heller | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home
Erica Heller

I witnessed the spectacular transformation of my father, Joseph Heller, as he started to become a celebrity and a charmless believer in his own schtick.

What's the Catch?

Jan Herman | Posted 09.24.2011 | Books
Jan Herman

Just read the excerpt in Vanity Fair of the new Joseph Heller biography, and there's no mention of Nelson Algren.

Why Do We Do This?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.17.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

If we do not invest in our children's arts education, who will be our audience members, board members, donors and volunteers of the future? Are we working in a dying field?

When friendship makes you feel like you're walking on eggshells

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Hi Irene, I haven't spoken to an old best friend for quite some time. I was the last one to initiate contact after the relationship had bec...

Been Waiting For This Moment? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

After a year of negotiations with the late Joseph Heller's literary agency, Simon & Schuster has released the ebook edition of Heller's more famous wo...