staff writer for The New Yorker
Thomas Kinkade, the self-appointed "Painter of Light," died last Friday. In the days since his passing, the debate that surrounded him when he was alive has grown even louder. Was Kinkade a great democratizer of art or a charlatan businessman? Susan Orlean penned one of the most comprehensive pieces ever written on Thomas Kinkade for the New Yorker in 2001, entitled "Art for Everybody."
Susan Orlean was on the show to discuss the legacy of dog and movie star Rin Tin Tin. She also revealed, among other things, her love of turkeys!
Susan Orlean talks about the life and times of Rin Tin Tin, tracing his journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend begins on a battlefield in France during World War I, when an American soldier discovered a newborn German shepherd in the ruins of a bombed-out dog kennel. He took the dog back to California, where he became Hollywood’s number one box office star.
Even after she had seven books to her credit (and was the subject of a movie starring Meryl Streep), Susan Orlean endured a piece of familiar fatherly advice: go to law school, in case writing "didn't work out." Practical but always optimistic, her father came of age during ...
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