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Original Essays | March 6, 2014 2 comments
I have this recurring nightmare that my mother is alive. She never died. I've made a terrible mistake. I have to call my editor. We can't publish... Continue »
Susan OrleanDescribe your latest project.
My new book, Lazy Little Loafers, is a look at the very serious problem of babies being incredibly lazy and doing very little to contribute to society other than looking cute. The main character in the book, a young lady of discernment and great inquisitiveness, has decided to investigate the situation, using one particular baby to illustrate her study. A random study — or maybe not.
My ninth-grade English teacher, Mr. Heaps, made books seem vital and vibrant — and convinced me that my crazy dream of becoming a writer wasn't crazy at all.
What is your favorite literary first line?
What was your favorite story as a child?
What do you do for relaxation?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Why do you write books for kids?
What's your favorite holiday and why?
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Susan Orlean is a longtime staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of several books, including The Orchid Thief, which was the inspiration for the movie Adaptation. She's currently working on a book about the canine hero Rin Tin Tin. She divides her time between upstate New York and Southern California.