Susan Orlean

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Spending time with the Tonya Harding Fan Club in the wake of the assault on Nancy Kerrigan.

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“If I were a bitch, I’d be in love with Biff Truesdale. Biff is perfect. He’s friendly, good-looking, rich, famous, and in excellent physical condition. He almost never drools.”

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On surfer girls in Maui; the story that led to the film Blue Crush.

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The story of John Laroche, which led to Orleans’ The Orchid Thief, and tangentially, the film Adaptation.

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A profile of Colin Duffy: fifth-grader, suburban New Jersey resident, ruler of the backyard, player of video games, boy.

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On the empire built by “Painter of Light” Thomas Kinkade.

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On Bangkok’s Khao San Road.

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On designer Jean Paul Gaultier and his inspirations.

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A profile of Felipe Lopez, high school phenom.

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A profile of a 25-year-old Spanish sensation.

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From 1968-1973, the three teenage Wiggins sisters, guided by a domineering father, played their strange music at New Hampshire ballrooms and recorded a single album. The Philosophy of the World LP goes for over $500 today, but the intervening decades were not kind to the Wiggins’.

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War stories from the world of Manhattan real estate, written during an era when everybody knew the Internet would completely change the business and nobody quite knew how.

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What does it take to win the World Taxidermy Championships?

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An artist takes on “the umbrella problem,” which runs so deep the U.S. Patent Office has four full-time examiners dedicated solely to assessing ideas for umbrella improvement.