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Susan Orlean

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I'm the product of a happy and uneventful childhood in the suburbs of Cleveland, followed by a happy and pretty eventful four years as a student at University of Michigan. From there, I wandered to the West Coast, landing in Portland, Oregon, where I managed (somehow) to get a job as a writer. This had been my dream, of course, but I had no experience and no credentials. What I did have, in spades, was an abiding passion for storytelling and sentence-making. I fell in love with the experience of writing, and I've never stopped. From Portland, I moved to Boston, where I wrote for the Phoenix and the Globe, and then to New York, where I began writing for magazines, and, in 1987, published my first piece in The New Yorker. I've been a staff wr ...more


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The Utah mayor who recently confessed that he wrote happy news stories about his town using a pseudonym, often quoting himself, was living a writer's dream. I haven't read his stories, but I like to think he didn't hold back at all. Instead of just quoting himself, I'm hoping he went all out, lavishing praise on himself: "According to the young, handsome mayor of West Valley City…" or maybe "A...

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“The world is so huge that people are always getting lost in it. There are too many ideas and things and people too many directions to go. I was starting to believe that the reason it matters to care passionately about something is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size. It makes the world seem not huge and empty but full of possibility.”
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“I suppose I do have one embarrassing passion- I want to know what it feels like to care about something passionately.”
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