Catch 22 has entered the language as a useful shorthand for "You are fucked if you do and fucked if you don't."

Funny - it looks like bad art, not a paradigm shift.

Just The Facts

  1. Catch 22 was written by Joseph Heller in 1961
  2. Joe Heller is an awesome name for a combat pilot
  3. The only way out is insanity. But if you want out - you are sane.

Eh, What?

Catch 22 is a mix of the Illiad and Charlie Chaplin, with a strong tinge of Yes Minister. Now verbal shorthand for having your balls caught in a cleft stick, it's overarching message - that once the red tape boys get hold of you, you are totally and completely fucked without mercy or lube.

Anyone who has had an interview with the IRS will feel this resonating in their marrow.