Study Guide

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Allusions

By Ben Fountain

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

  • J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit (Dry-Humping.48)
  • Jack Kerouac, On the Road (Dry-Humping.48)
  • George MacDonald Fraser, Flashman at the Charge (Dry-Humping.48)
  • Hunter S. Thompson, Hell's Angel; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Dry-Humping.48)
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five; Cat's Cradle (Dry-Humping.48)
  • Martin Cruz Smith, Gorky Park (Dry-Humping.48)

Pop Culture References

  • Hilary Swank (throughout)
  • Fodie's Press and Fold (Warner Bros. biggest money-losing film ever) (Virtue.24)
  • Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks, Sharon Stone, George Clooney (S***ty Movie.1)
  • Splash, The Longest Day, The Big Red One (S***ty Movie.74-78)
  • True Lies, Jamie Lee Curtis (S***ty Movie.132)
  • Audie Murphy (Everything.81)
  • Rambo, First Blood, Independence Day (Proud.2)