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Mark Twain's daughter ends up at the Bahia Hotel, Osama bin Laden's brother at USIU

John Steinbeck was my father, Janet Flanner was my mother's lover, Meltzer unveils Cameron Crowe, Scott Marks crazy about Alan Arkin

Catch-22, a film Arkin calls "a high school version of World War II."
Catch-22, a film Arkin calls "a high school version of World War II."
  • Third Spud from the Sun: Cameron Crowe Then and Now

  • “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.
  • Did Bin Laden's Brother Live a Secret Life in San Diego?

  • “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.

  • Janet, My Mother, and Me

  • “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. "
  • I Am Your Loving Daughter Clara Clemens

  • “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.”
  • You Do Realize That You’re Alan Arkin?

  • “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.
  • John Steinbeck Was My Father

  • “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."
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Catch-22, a film Arkin calls "a high school version of World War II."
Catch-22, a film Arkin calls "a high school version of World War II."
  • Third Spud from the Sun: Cameron Crowe Then and Now

  • “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.
  • Did Bin Laden's Brother Live a Secret Life in San Diego?

  • “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.

  • Janet, My Mother, and Me

  • “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. "
  • I Am Your Loving Daughter Clara Clemens

  • “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.”
  • You Do Realize That You’re Alan Arkin?

  • “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.
  • John Steinbeck Was My Father

  • “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."
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