Author Susan Orlean On New Book “On Animals” and Why Neil Diamond Deserves a Shot


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Susan Orlean joins Nic to talk about her latest book, On Animals, a collection of essays on all creatures great and small originally published in the New Yorker, where she has been a staff writer for the past thirty years. Orlean is the author of seven books, including Rin Tin Tin, The Library Book, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Oscar-winning film Adaptation. Orlean describes her lifelong appreciation of animals, as well as the extensive research she puts into all of her pieces to create the vivid work she’s known for. She also discusses her early love for the Beatles, Cat Stevens, and the Grateful Dead, as well as her current favorites, Neko Case, First Aid Kit, and Bonny Light Horseman. Listen below on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your shows.

Photo of Susan Orlean by Corey Hendrickson.