How I travel (besides with a too-full suitcase) is, for me, an irresistible topic, since I approach it exactly the way I approach stories. I like surprise, enterprise, mishap (without dire outcome); I like being shaken out of the ordinary and yet I also like to explore the ordinary. I like fresh experience. I loved talking to Steve Bramucci of Bootsnall, a travel network, about journeys without a map. Our conversation is here at Bootsnall, with photographs courtesy of my iPhone.
According to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, I am a queen -- or at least, I am a Twitter queen. In an interview with Megan Garber of the Nieman Lab, I talk about how and why I tweet, and how it does or doesn't help longer-form writing. Take a look at Nieman Lab and follow me at susanorlean on Twitter for real-life examples of what I'm talking about in the Q&A.
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I tallied up my reading habits here recently for The Atlantic Wire, the website of the Atlantic Magazine. I'm honestly shocked by how quickly I've moved from newspaper and magazine to iPhone and Internet. Where will this end up, I wonder? It's happening so quickly -- the move to electronic publishing, that is -- that I think the landscape will be different a year from now, and vastly different five years from now. In the meantime, though, I'll just keep writing and reading, whatever form it's in.
I had a great time talking to Walter Kirn, author of "Up in the Air"; we compared the slightly surreal out-of-body experience of having one's written work transformed into a movie. You can watch the whole thing here:
I had a great time talking with my friend Kurt Andersen about Twitter, computer screens, chickens, and Joseph Mitchell on blogginheads.tv -- take a look:
Chickens in action
This video was put together to accompany my New Yorker story, "The It Bird". I think my dog Cooper sort of steals the show.
Radio free California
I had a horrible cold and sounded pretty croaky, but here's the radio show I did this morning with Els Cooperrider on public radio from Mendocino, California, about the subject of backyard chickens. As it happens, every single caller to the show already HAD chickens. http://www.mendocinofarmerscollective.org/els_chickens_121409.mp3