Watching Catch 22 just now, I had quite a random thought: what would happen if Yossarian met Hawkeye Pierce from MASH? They are fairly similar characters in similar predicaments – I wonder whether they would get on. I’d even go so far as to speculate that one could have inspired the other. Could they, in this postmodern age, meet? And if they did, what could they say to each other? One’s a pilot and ones an emergency surgeon in two completely different wars, but they both react to the futility of conflict in the same darkly cynical way.