“Heller wrote Catch-22 in the evenings after work, sitting at the kitchen table in his Manhattan apartment. “I spent two or three hours a night on it for eight years,” he said. “I gave up once and started watching television with my wife. Television drove me back to Catch-22. I couldn’t imagine what Americans did at night when they weren’t writing novels.” ”—Mason Currey, “Daily Rituals of Famous Authors”
“And don't tell me God works in mysterious ways. There's nothing so mysterious about it. He's not working at all. He's playing. Or else He's forgotten all about us. That's the kind of God you people talk about - a country bumpkin, a clumsy, bungling, brainless, conceited, uncouth hayseed. Good God, how much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in His divine system of creation? What in that world was running through that warped, evil, scatological mind of His when He robbed old people of the power to control their bowel movements? Why in the world did he ever create pain?”—Catch-22, Joseph Heller
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
To get out of the mission, you must be crazy. But if you request to get out of the mission, you aren’t crazy, because wanting to get out makes you sane. You would have to be crazy to be in the mission, but if you don’t want to be, you’re sane and you have to.
War is Crazy