Cinema: Some are More Yossarian than Others

McWATI'S VOICE (filtered, yelling):

Help him! Help him!

YOSSARIAN (into mike, yelling):

Help who?

McWATI'S VOICE (filtered, yelling):

Help the bombardier!

YOSSARIAN (into mike, yelling):

I'm the bombardier. I'm all right.

McWATT'S VOICE (filtered, yelling):

Then help him. Help him!

THE chronicle of war is the Bible of irony. The original victim of that mistaken-identity crisis was a B-25 bombardier named Joseph Heller during a World War II raid over Avignon. He was a dozen feet from the pilot; yet they were separated by layers of chaos and terror. It was...

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