An Enduring Paradox


Catch-22 turns 50 this year. NPR explores how and why the the novel’s central paradox still resonates with readers—particularly with “a new crop of young people distrustful of their elders. ”

“Catch-22 is a concept everyone can understand. That’s why it so quickly became part of the language — a phrase to be called upon when there seems no way out of the traps life can set for you and when humor really is the best response. And that, says Brustein, is why the book has endured.”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →