Okay, as part of our exploration of epic, we are also going to read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Why, you ask? Because it works beautifully as a mock epic, taking many of the conventions of epic and turning them on their head, inside out, and backwards. Epic has a job: to celebrate the greatness of a great man. We find that hard to do anymore and mock-epic steps up to show us how hard it is to be great in our world today.