Arthur Salm

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Arthur Salm is a former newspaper columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune who now writes books full time.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Arthur Salm
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "It doesn't matter how long you put it off as long as you get it done on time."

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Mark Twain. I'd say, "Are you free for dinner?" Then we'd talk for five hours. Or rather, I'd try to get HIM to talk for five hours. I'd be as interested in the way he talked as in what he said, because somehow, when he wrote, he made it timeless -- so much of it sounds like it could have been written yesterday, when he actually wrote it more than 100 years ago.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Can't answer -- if I knew I was overusing a word or a phrase, I'd stop.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Wile E. Coyote. He's fictional, but I identify with him anyway.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Does "Mexican food" count as only one thing? If not ... enchiladas.