Susan Orlean

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Author and staff writer for the New Yorker

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On April 29, 1986, a fire raged through the Los Angeles Central Library. Nearly every firefighter in the city was there. It was the greatest loss to any public library in U.S.

Author Susan Orlean on the fire that nearly destroyed the LA Central Library

On April 29, 1986, a fire raged through the Los Angeles Central Library. Nearly every firefighter in the city was there. It was the greatest loss to any public library in U.S.

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One of the most unlistenable bands of the ‘60s became a cult favorite decades later, gaining praise from the likes of Frank Zappa, Kurt Cobain and Sonic Youth.

Shaggs’ Own Thing: The Story of the Wiggin Sisters

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From her early attraction to the Grateful Dead to the kinship she feels with The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and a master guitarist from Congo, Susan Orlean's song picks are diverse and deeply personal.

Susan Orlean

From her early attraction to the Grateful Dead to the kinship she feels with The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and a master guitarist from Congo, Susan Orlean's song picks are diverse and deeply personal.

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