catch-22


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catch-22

A popular term for a type of paradoxical impossibility, a conundrum in which one can’t comply with a mandate because of illogical rules or conditions; difficult circumstances, from which there is no exit due to mutually conflicting and/or interdependent conditions.
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SATIRE: Geoff Arnold and Christopher Price in Catch-22 Photo: Topher McGrillis
I laughed at him, at the American spiv trying to sell chocolatecovered cotton to the troops (he's got to shift it somehow), at the hapless chaplain and the young prositute (multi-tasking Victoria Bewick) whose morals also have a Catch-22 built into them.
Catch-22 had the unfortunate timing of reaching theaters at the same time as another anti-war comedy, Robert Altman's M*A*S*H.
Other winners included Catch-22 in the agriculture category, and Harding's LifeB (undergrad) and EverClean Coating Solutions in the innovation category.
So I figured I didn't need to read Catch-22 and I didn't.
Indeed the idea that Catch-22 reached heights of pathos, comedy, tragedy and insight that were unsurpassed by any writer of Heller's generation would later become an article of faith for critics and academics alike.
The committee said Birmingham was one of several authorities 'where tenant ballots have left local authorities in Catch-22 situations, where the only financially viable routes for achieving the standard have been rejected by tenants'.
The article by Hans Sennholz ("Understanding Unemployment," November 17) leaves me with a Catch-22 feeling.
The combination of informal, implicit racism and the legacy of more explicit racism can combine to create a dramatic Catch-22 for people of color.
Senteza said gays and lesbians are in a catch-22 situation in Uganda.
Thus, the analysis of negation in the novel Catch-22 will benefit from the comparison with the frequency and function of negation in electronic corpora of comparable texts, as this comparison will shed light on the idiosyncratic properties of negation in Catch-22
While Heller published eleven other works besides the darkly comic title he is best known for, the content of this bibliography suggests that he found it hard to leave Captain John Yossarian behind him after the phenomenal success of Catch-22 in 1961.