Susan Orlean

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Meet the Shaggs

From 1968-1973, the three teenage Wiggin 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 have not been kind to the Wiggins.

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What Makes the "Lion Whisperer" Roar?

On spending your life among large felines.

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Life's Swell

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

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Figures in a Mall

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

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Show Dog

“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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Orchid Fever

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

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The American Male at Age Ten

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

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Art for Everybody

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

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The Place to Disappear

On Bangkok’s Khao San Road.

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Fantasyland

On designer Jean Paul Gaultier and his inspirations.

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Shoot the Moon

A profile of Felipe Lopez, high school phenom.

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La Matadora Revisa Su Maquillaje (The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup)

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