The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People

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The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People

by Susan Orlean

Random House Publishing Group | January 8, 2002 | Trade Paperback

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The bestselling author of The Orchid Thief is back with this delightfully entertaining collection of her best and brightest profiles. Acclaimed New Yorker writer Susan Orlean brings her wry sensibility, exuberant voice, and peculiar curiosities to a fascinating range of subjects-from the well known (Bill Blass) to the unknown (a typical ten-year-old boy) to the formerly known (the 1960s girl group the Shaggs).

Passionate people. Famous people. Short people. And one championship show dog named Biff, who from a certain angle looks a lot like Bill Clinton. Orlean transports us into the lives of eccentric and extraordinary characters-like Cristina Sánchez, the eponymous bullfighter, the first female matador of Spain-and writes with such insight and candor that readers will feel as if they've met each and every one of them.

The result is a luminous and joyful tour of the human condition as seen through the eyes of the writer heralded by the Chicago Tribune as a "journalist dynamo."

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: January 8, 2002

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375758631

ISBN - 13: 9780375758638

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The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People

by Susan Orlean

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: January 8, 2002

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375758631

ISBN - 13: 9780375758638

About the Book

Now in paperback comes the wonderfully entertaining, bestselling collection of the "New Yorker" writer's brightest profiles. "A voyeur's delight: expertly framed windows into the cosmology of the human experience . . . [these profiles] reintroduce readers to a sense of possibility and help us see the world again."--Diana Abu-Jaber, "Miami Herald."

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I always wanted to be a writer. In fact, as far as I can recall, I have never wanted to be anything other than a writer. In junior high school I took a career guidance test that suggested I would do well as either an army officer or a forest ranger but I didn''t care: I wanted only to be a writer, even though I didn''t know how you went about becoming one, especially the kind of writer I wanted to be. I didn''t want to be a newspaper reporter, because I have never cared about knowing something first, and I didn''t want to write only about things that were considered "important" and newsworthy; I wanted to write about things that intrigued me, and to write about them in a way that would surprise readers who might not have expected to find these things intriguing. During college I kept a journal with a section called "Items Under Consideration," which was a meditation on what I was going to do once I graduated. It was filled with entries like this: What to Do/Future Plans Why I Should Go into Journalism Pro: Fun! Interesting! Writing! Activity and excitement! Good people (maybe) Social value Con: No jobs available Have to live in NYC for serious work on a magazine Talent is questionable Except for some interstitial waitressing, my first job out of college was writing for a tiny magazine in Oregon, and I made it clear at the interview that I would absolutely, positively die if I didn''t get hired. After all, I knew being a writer would be "Fun! Interesti
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The bestselling author of The Orchid Thief is back with this delightfully entertaining collection of her best and brightest profiles. Acclaimed New Yorker writer Susan Orlean brings her wry sensibility, exuberant voice, and peculiar curiosities to a fascinating range of subjects-from the well known (Bill Blass) to the unknown (a typical ten-year-old boy) to the formerly known (the 1960s girl group the Shaggs).

Passionate people. Famous people. Short people. And one championship show dog named Biff, who from a certain angle looks a lot like Bill Clinton. Orlean transports us into the lives of eccentric and extraordinary characters-like Cristina Sánchez, the eponymous bullfighter, the first female matador of Spain-and writes with such insight and candor that readers will feel as if they've met each and every one of them.

The result is a luminous and joyful tour of the human condition as seen through the eyes of the writer heralded by the Chicago Tribune as a "journalist dynamo."

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The bestselling author of The Orchid Thief is back with this delightfully entertaining collection of her best and brightest profiles. Acclaimed New Yorker writer Susan Orlean brings her wry sensibility, exuberant voice, and peculiar curiosities to a fascinating range of subjects--from the well known (Bill Blass) to the unknown (a typical ten-year-old boy) to the formerly known (the 1960s girl group the Shaggs).
Passionate people. Famous people. Short people. And one championship show dog named Biff, who from a certain angle looks a lot like Bill Clinton. Orlean transports us into the lives of eccentric and extraordinary characters--like Cristina Sanchez, the eponymous bullfighter, the first female matador of Spain--and writes with such insight and candor that readers will feel as if they''ve met each and every one of them.
The result is a luminous and joyful tour of the human condition as seen through the eyes of the writer heralded by the Chicago Tribune as a "journalist dynamo."

About the Author

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. Her articles have also appeared in Outside, Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Esquire. She is the author of Saturday Night, a New York Times Notable Book of 1990, which, in the words of Entertainment Weekly, "calls to mind Damon Runyon, Evelyn Waugh, and screwball comedy." She lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

"Orlean's snapshot-vivid, pitch-perfect prose...is fast becoming one of our national treasures."
-The Washington Post Book World

"Susan Orlean is a master of the quick sketch....She writes arresting, short pieces, serendipitous material that readers stumble across by chance, then read on, transfixed by the casual grace and beauty of these miniatures."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"Through the power of energetic reporting and sharp writing, the national character is precisely what Orlean captures. She is a kind of latter-day Tocqueville."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Reading Bullfighter will leave you convinced that the world is much wider and stranger than you had thought and that the most ordinary-seeming people are often the most remarkable."
-Us Weekly
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