Susan Orlean

Oct 26, 2004
Outside Magazine

New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean is one of America's leading literary journalists. Before joining the New Yorker as a staff writer in 1992 she was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Vogue. She was also a columnist at the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. She is the author of a number of books, including, The "Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Ordinary People," a collection of stories which includes the title piece first featured in Outside; "Red Sox and Blue Fish," a compilation of columns she wrote for the Globe Sunday Magazine; "Saturday Night," a journal of essays which chronicle the Saturday nights she spent in communities across the country; and "The Orchid Thief," a narrative about orchid poachers in Florida that inspired the film Adaptation. Orlean's work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Spy, Esquire . She lives in Manhattan and Boston with her husband.

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