Episode 7

Susan Orlean

February 27, 2012

Susan Orlean writes about taxidermists, bullfighters, hairdressers, clowns, animals, famous people and suburban 10-year-old kids. A staff writer for The New Yorker, Orlean is the author of “The Orchid Thief,” “Saturday Night,” and her latest book, “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.”

Listen to Susan Orlean
“There’s certain aspects to human existence that remain constant. The desire to get something right. To feel that you've accomplished something. That you've mastered something. That’s what keeps me interested ... it’s important to remember that everyone’s pursuits are important.”


  1. "The American Man, Age 10"
    Esquire, December 1992

  2. “Figures In A Mall”
    The New Yorker, February 21, 1994

  3. “Show Dog”
    The New Yorker, February 20 & 27, 1995

  4. “I Want This Apartment”
    The New Yorker, February 22, 1999

  5. “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend”

  6. @susanorlean

  7. “The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup”

  8. “The Art of the Profile with Susan Orlean”
    USC Master of Professional Writing, YouTube

  9. "Reunion" by M83
    Outro song, YouTube