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Susan Orlean

New York, USA

Staff writer for The New Yorker

Author of eight books

Leading thinker on American culture

Susan Orlean is an American journalist, who became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 1992. She began contributing articles and Talk of the Town pieces in 1987.

Orlean is currently writing on American culture. Her subjects have included the designer Bill Blass, the Harlem high-school basketball star Felipe Lopez, the friends and neighbors of Tonya Harding, and taxidermy.

Before joining The New Yorker, Orlean was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and at Vogue, where she wrote on numerous figures in both the music and fashion industries. Previously, she had been a columnist, first for the Boston Phoenix and then for the Boston Globe Magazine. She has written eight books, including “The Orchid Thief” (Ballantine Books, 2000), and has also written for the New York Times Magazine, Spy, Esquire, and Outside.

Our Comment

"Having written for The New Yorker since 1992, Susan is well placed to give great analysis on the current affairs in American culture. Her popular books have been translated into films, including Blue Crush (based on an Women's Outside article called Life's Swell in 1998), and Adaptation (based on her book The Orchid Thief)."

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