A decade after Joseph Heller‘s passing, author Christopher Buckley writes an interesting piece in today’s New York Times op-ed. In case y’all don’t remember, Heller was the author of Catch-22, the iconic 1960’s satirical novel.
In his piece, Buckley wonders “What would [Joseph Heller] have made of” this “tumultuous — to say the least — decade”?. And with it, Buckley means a decade whose landmark events he sums up like this:
- the Florida recount
- weapons of mass destruction
- Saddam Hussein’s hanging, available on cellphone and YouTube
- Dick Cheney shooting his lawyer
- Hurricane Katrina
- John Kerry, war hero, being depicted as a Swift-boating wimp
- Lady Gaga
- A.I.G. bonuses
- Bernard Madoff
- the election of Barack Obama
- Glenn Beck
- the “controversy” over Barack Obama’s birth certificate
- Sarah Palin, best-selling author
- and, last but not least, “President Obama’s accepting the Nobel Peace Prize shortly after ordering 30,000 more Americans to war”.
I’m sure that Heller would have enjoyed the irony behind this “tumultuous decade” of nonsense.
By the way, I myself have my own catch to add to Buckley’s list:
- What would Joseph Heller have made of Buckley himself being fired from his daddy’s magazine — iconic conservative powerhouse National Review — after his public support of president Obama‘s candidacy?
DISCLAIMER: links embedded in the above list are NOT from Buckley’s original op-ed.