The voice of Joseph Heller

At some low level, I always imagined Joseph Heller sounded more or less like Norman Mailer. I was wrong.

Here the Catch-22 author talks about the United States’ political system (“ludicrously funny”). It’s disgusting, he says, to realize that there are organizations devoted to grooming candidates — telling them what to wear, how to speak, and the like — but “isn’t it equally disgusting that we know about it?” (Yes. Yes, it is.)

Updated to add: I’ve always meant to read Heller beyond Catch-22 and God Knows — both great — and now I know what to try next.


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