Catch-22, a film Arkin calls "a high school version of World War II."
- “A couple things about Cameron set him down a peg from even the rank and file of ’zine greenhorn dust-suckers. He for all intents & purps was not even a — how you say? — symbolically employed writer-in-training.”
- By Richard Meltzer, Nov. 2, 2000
When Jackson Brown walked in with gang-sister number one Linda Ronstadt, he said, “We singer-songwriters feel we get a better shake from this Cameron kid…he never challenges us.
- “What was Binladen, now 35, heir to a multibillion-dollar Middle Eastern fortune based on construction and Saudi oil, doing in San Diego? And why would he be involved in a small-time tulip-importing business — in a two-room office in a Sorrento Valley industrial park?”
- By Matt Potter, October 25, 2001
1990 USIU class photo. Binladen second row, third from left. The school catered to wealthy students from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and other Middle Eastern countries.
- “Everybody was drunk in the ’20s. They were always drinking and they were always out late in the speakeasies. Nobody stayed home; they were always at parties. Everybody was hung over in the morning."
- By William Murray, Feb. 10, 2000
Bill and Janet. "Janet and I, both helpless in the kitchen, ate with gusto, then sometimes helped clean up afterward. "
Photo courtesy of William Murray
- “The dark side of Mark Twain, much like the darkness of her marriage to Jacques, was something Clara refused to make public.”
- By Thomas Larson, May 8, 2003
Diamond ring Clara gave Dr. Seiler. The inscription reads, “To Bill Seiler, from Clara Clemens Samossoud, the last of the Twains.”
- “Not every character he chose was a good fit as evidenced in Catch 22’s Yosarian. There is not a bad shot in the film. It’s handsomely staged, based on a best-seller with an all-star cast. Yet, as Duncan Shepherd, my Reader predecessor observed, ‘Once past Arkin, all subtlety stops.’”
- By Scott Marks, September 24, 2014
Accent(s) on Arkin: Lt. Rozanov in The Russians are Coming, Inspector Closeau, and Popi.
- “He lived on the East Coast with the Ivy League literate crowd. But he never pretended to be an intellectual. He was a shy man, and I think it made him insecure and then furious. They were such snobs.”
- By Judith Moore, Abe Opincar, and Bob Shanbrom, March 30, 1989
John Steinbeck, father of John Steinbeck IV. "My brother and I, we talked with him a lot about things, languages and history and cultures and customs. We traveled around the world with him."