Obligatory book report

"Morale was deteriorating and it was all Yossarian's fault. The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them."
—Joseph Heller, Catch-22

"Catch-22 did not exist, he was positive of that, but it made no difference. What did matter was that everyone thought it existed, and that was much worse, for there was no object or text to ridicule or refute, to accuse, criticize, attack, amend, hate, revile, spit at, rip to shreds, trample upon or burn up."

"There was no telling what people might find out once they felt free to ask whatever questions they wanted to."

Offline activities

Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange is one of the best things going in our city's bustling poetry scene. And they are celebrating 50 years in 2024! I feel extremely fortunate to be part of it.

PPE reading flier January 13, 2024

Yep, you can see Uppagus regulars Nick Romeo and Paul Zdrale, Jr. (a.k.a. Hex Dingo) read their work on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at Bantha Tea Bar. And you can see me, Uppagus editor, read my own stuff as well.

Mark your calendars now for PPE's big 50th anniversary event on Saturday, May 18. More details to come.

If you're interested in the history of PPE, start at the first interview in our series with one of PPE's founding members, Michael Wurster.

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