Catcher-23

Everyone who loved Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 was primed to enjoy his second novel, Something Happened. Few did. I remember thinking: “Christ, this weenie whines more than Holden Caulfield with a hangnail.” Maybe we’d waited so long that we were hoping Bob Slocum would turn out to be, if not Yossarian 2.0, certainly Major Major Major, Junior.

Which, as it happened, didn’t happen:

The reason is fairly obvious to anyone who’s suffered through the whole book: nothing happens.

Something Happened, hailed by critics from every corner of the literary world, is a five hundred page veh ist mir from first-person narrator Robert Slocum. Slocum, you see, is not happy. He wants us to know that. And he wants us to know that he blames everyone and everything in his life … except himself.

Some story.

Then again, this was 1974. Scroll the calendar thirty years forward and we’d be dealing with Bob Slocum dot com. Then again, that Bob Slocum has made something of himself:

Bob is a past president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia and has served on numerous committees and boards including The Oconee County Chamber of Commerce and Extra Special People, a successful non-profit in Watkinsville, GA.

Bob resides in Athens, GA and has been married to his wife Lisa for 26 years. They have four children, with the two youngest still in college. Bob says “there is nothing more rewarding than helping someone achieve home ownership,” and he believes that real estate ownership is the most powerful tool for contributing to a strong economy and safe communities.

Here’s to you, Bob. Keep on keeping on.

4 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    12 April 2018 · 5:51 pm

    “he blames everyone and everything in his life … except himself.”

    Geez. He was ahead of his time, I guess. (I have had students who fit that exact description. If they could have found a way to pin on me the blame for their Wikipedia copypasta plagiarism, they would have)

  2. McGehee »

    12 April 2018 · 6:47 pm

    He was ahead of his time, I guess.

    I have it on good authority that the first amoeba blamed the high salinity of the sea water it chose to forage in for its swollen pseudopoda.

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  4. nightfly »

    13 April 2018 · 3:02 pm

    Wrote a story like this. It was a farce, and meant to read as such. Nowadays, alas, it might as well be a documentary.

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