Oh wow. So it's not just me.
I've never read the book, but of course knew what it's about. I don't know if too many people use the phrase "catch 22" anymore. Or if they do knows where it came from.
I don't know anything else about Joseph Heller, but I think it's weird that I really like Kurt Vonnegut, who uses that similar fantastical style.
Related to that, a movie that uses the catch 22 theme which I loved and so identified with on a viseral level was the 1985 dark comedy "After Hours" which was directed by Martin Scorsese. BTW I didn't know it was a Scorsese film until I looked it up right now. But when I saw his name I was like "duh"
I don't even want to post the trailer here, as I think it gives too much away.
But I will say it's about this guy in a city, at night, over the course of a few hours. All he wants to do is Go The **** Home! Simple as that.
Heh. The following has happened to me a number of times since, and I always think of the movie immediately feel all right.
Have you ever, not just got caught in a traffic jam, but decide to take that short cut, only to end up in a similar jam, and then do it 2 or 3 more times? You're like within 3 miles of your house.
I'll think of that movie, and just get really calm and say out loud "I'm just never going to get home" Then I'm content to just live the rest of my life sitting in my car, watching people reach their destination faster on foot.
It's the beauty of Losing Hope and Giving Up.