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Joseph Heller

Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The media frenzy surrounding Donald Trump has inverted the nature of our problem. That a demagogue will come along to foment dissent is no surprise; that his despicable views find such gleeful resonance with so many of our voters is the frightening story, not Trump.

My Goal for 2016: Celebrate Enoughness

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 01.06.2017 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

We're into the first week of 2016, and my youngest son just turned 20. How can that even be possible? Damn. The older I get the faster time seems to g...

'Endangered:' A talk With C.J. Box

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.09.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

C. J. Box is the bestselling author of 16 Joe Pickett novels, four standalone novels, and a collection of short stories called Shots Fired. He's won multiple awards including the Edgar, the Anthony, the Gumshoe, and the Barry awards.

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.

Long Awaited Book Sequels... That Completely Flopped

Kate Gavino | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Kate Gavino

Some sequels are masterpieces (Huckleberry Finn, Lord of the Rings, Through the Looking Glass), and others are pleasant surprises (Doctor Sleep, the most recent Bridget Jones) but there are a few that deserve to stay hidden deep in the discount bin.

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 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.

The Definition of Wealthy: Living Small

James Berman | Posted 02.27.2013 | Business
James Berman

A key to acquiring wealth is preventing living standards from rising along with income. Those who let their needs swell commensurately with their wallet never feel rich.

The Creepy, Dangerous Ideology Behind The Cult of Disruption

NSFW Corp | Paul Carr | Posted 10.24.2012 | Business

Uber founder Travis Kalanick Kalanick is a proud adherent to the Cult of Disruption: the faddish Silicon Valley concept which essentially boils down t...

It's a Good Time to Enjoy Snarky Characters

Dave Astor | Posted 10.30.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Many of us are heading back to work or school. Sort of puts one in a snappish mood, doesn't it? This time of year, novel readers can viscerally relate to fictional characters who are snarky, snippy, and smart-alecky, to quote a recently accessed thesaurus.

Why Do Women Want To 'Have It All,' Anyway?

Rick Newman | Posted 08.27.2012 | Women
Rick Newman

The whole debate should make us stop and ask: What does "having it all" even mean? Does anybody have it all? Is it even possible?

Writing a Muscular Mystery

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.05.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

I've always been making up stories about people I see, whether in restaurants, malls, parks, theaters, wherever. hat's just how I see the world, or the many worlds within this world. One of those is the enormous health club that I've belonged to for 20 years.

Remembering Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut in Conversation

Carole Mallory | Posted 05.11.2012 | Books
Carole Mallory

Reading Susan Braudy's vivid remembrance of Joe Heller made me recall the time I had the opportunity to interview him in conversation with Kurt Vonnegut. Just how did I get this dynamic duo together for a chat with a tape recorder by my side?

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.

Hard Print: John Barth on Fistfights, Riots and Shadow Boxing With Norman Mailer

John Hood | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
John Hood

Star-studded seminars aren't the only things Barth fondly recalls, nor are they even the most violent, playfully or otherwise. In fact, an episode at SUNY/Buffalo almost got our man mauled not by a literary lion -- but by the authorities.

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.

Joseph Heller's Circle Of Friends Was No 'Midnight In Paris'

Erica Heller | Posted 12.05.2011 | Home
Erica Heller

Joseph Heller's crowd was not, shall we say, exactly Gertrude Stein's Parisian Salon. Dad's evenings of recreation and creative amusement ended more as Midnight at the Rickshaw Garage than Midnight in Paris.

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.