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Old 01-22-2014, 11:17 AM   #1
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Joseph Heller still dead, still at 76 (and other celebrity deaths): RIP The Greatest

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When an interviewer told Mr. Heller that he had never written anything as good as ''Catch-22,'' the author shot back, ''Who has?''
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:03 PM   #2
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Re: Joseph Heller dead at 76

I read "Catch 22" when in the Navy, and its portrayal of officials single-mindedly devoted to following the rules with a total disregard for common sense really hit home.
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:40 PM   #3
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He was always a fun interview
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:42 PM   #4
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Re: Joseph Heller dead at 76

Uh, check the date on that obit.
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:47 PM   #5
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Lol...I thought he had died awhile ago...
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:53 PM   #6
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At the young age of 14, Zombie Joseph Heller double-died yesterday. The re-animated remains of the great author of Catch-22 had apparently taken residence in the Haunted House of the fair grounds of his home town of Coney Island. Manager John Griggs reports that he had often told Zombie Heller that he should go home at the end of his shift, but Zombie Heller only ever replied "brains". "I thought he was just staying in character or maybe just stoned," Griggs said.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:30 PM   #7
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Re: Joseph Heller dead at 76

catch-22 was a visually great movie, underrated by many.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:39 PM   #8
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Re: Joseph Heller dead at 76

WTF?

Sorry, this popped up in my newsfeed TODAY. No ****ing idea why.


This just in, Joseph Heller still dead at 76.

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Old 01-22-2014, 01:50 PM   #9
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Re: Joseph Heller dead at 76

maybe he died in 76...
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:14 PM   #10
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WTF?

Sorry, this popped up in my newsfeed TODAY. No ****ing idea why.


This just in, Joseph Heller still dead at 76.
Your newsfeed say anything about Generalissimo Francisco Franco?

Catch-22 is still my vote for the greatest American novel.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:43 PM   #11
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Re: Joseph Heller still dead, still at 76

I dunno, does Lolita count as an American novel?
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:36 PM   #12
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Re: Joseph Heller still dead, still at 76

Yeah, Catch 22 is awesome. Power can do what it likes, that's the real Catch 22. He says that at the end IIRC.

The Great American Novel is either Catcher in the Rye or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas IIRC.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:50 PM   #13
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Catch 22 is my all-time favorite novel and surprisingly the movie follows it well and is a great watch.
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:10 PM   #14
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Re: Joseph Heller still dead, still at 76

Man, it's always hard to find out that one of your favorite writers died 14 years ago. Thankfully, I never liked Heller that much.
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:52 AM   #15
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Re: Joseph Heller dead at 76

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Catch-22 is still my vote for the greatest American novel.
Not a wasted vote. If you believe in voting. Which I do not.

The Greatest American Novel from the 1900's is: Sometimes a Great Notion, by Ken Kesey.

The Greatest American Novel from the 1800's is: Huckleberry Finn, by Sam I am.

I read Catch-22 when just out of High School, Loved it. Read it years later - still a great read. But it had dimmed a bit. Overhyped - like Catcher in Rye often is.

Now for some great period music:

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Old 01-23-2014, 10:31 AM   #16
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Re: Joseph Heller still dead, still at 76

Just found out that Curtis Mayfield also died in December 1999, just a few days after Heller. I wonder who the third one was?
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:33 PM   #17
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Just found out that Curtis Mayfield also died in December 1999, just a few days after Heller. I wonder who the third one was?
Clayton (Lone Ranger) Moore?

Desmond ("Q") Llewelyn?
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:10 PM   #18
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Oh no, not Desmond Llewelyn too, so sad. The worst part of finding out that one of your favorite actors died years ago is realizing that they were unable to make movies that I might have enjoyed at some point in the interim.
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:05 PM   #19
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Re: Joseph Heller still dead, still at 76

Huckleberry Finn is the Great American Novel yo.

2nd place is LF Celine's Journey to the End of the Night.
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:15 PM   #20
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Re: Joseph Heller still dead, still at 76

The Great American Novel has to deal with the American Dream, whether it be the 19th century dream of freedom and movement (Huck Finn) or the 20th century dream of "success" however you define that (or failure to become a success, as in "A Fan's Notes").


If "Death of a Salesman" had been a novel, it would be the Great American Novel of the 20th century.
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:33 PM   #21
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Re: Joseph Heller still dead, still at 76

Bob Newhart was great as Major Major in the Catch 22 movie btw. Funniest human still walking the earth.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:27 AM   #22
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I thought Bob Newhart died years ago.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:35 AM   #23
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That's just his deadpan shtick.
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Old 01-27-2014, 02:12 PM   #24
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Re: Joseph Heller still dead, still at 76

In other news, Abe Vigoda is still alive.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:29 PM   #25
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In other news, Abe Vigoda is still alive.
What - you mean Michael Corelone let him live after all. Now that is a surprise!
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