Saturday Night

Saturday Night By Susan Orlean, Saturday Night Twenty years ago before she wrote The Orchid Thief or was hailed as a national treasure by The Washington Post Susan Orlean was a journalist with a question What makes Saturday night so special To a
  • Title: Saturday Night
  • Author: Susan Orlean
  • ISBN: 9780735100091
  • Page: 455
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  • Saturday Night By Susan Orlean, Twenty years ago, before she wrote The Orchid Thief or was hailed as a national treasure by The Washington Post, Susan Orlean was a journalist with a question What makes Saturday night so special To answer it, she embarked on a remarkable journey across the country and spent the evening with all sorts of people in all sorts of places hipsters in Los Angeles, car cruiseTwenty years ago, before she wrote The Orchid Thief or was hailed as a national treasure by The Washington Post, Susan Orlean was a journalist with a question What makes Saturday night so special To answer it, she embarked on a remarkable journey across the country and spent the evening with all sorts of people in all sorts of places hipsters in Los Angeles, car cruisers in small town Indiana, coeds in Boston, the homeless in New York, a lounge band in Portland, quincea era revelers in Phoenix, and to chronicle the one night of the week when we do the things we want to do rather than the things we need to do The result is an irresistible portrait of how Saturday night in America is lived that remains.
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    About "Susan Orlean"

    1. Susan Orlean

      I m the product of a happy and uneventful childhood in the suburbs of Cleveland, followed by a happy and pretty eventful four years as a student at University of Michigan From there, I wandered to the West Coast, landing in Portland, Oregon, where I managed somehow to get a job as a writer This had been my dream, of course, but I had no experience and no credentials What I did have, in spades, was an abiding passion for storytelling and sentence making I fell in love with the experience of writing, and I ve never stopped From Portland, I moved to Boston, where I wrote for the Phoenix and the Globe, and then to New York, where I began writing for magazines, and, in 1987, published my first piece in The New Yorker I ve been a staff writer there since 1992.

    974 thoughts on “Saturday Night”

    1. The idea for this book is incredible The idea is so incredible that the book is entirely mediocre by comparison.Worth a read, but it took me inexplicably far too long to get through it.


    2. Some people spend their Satuday nights at a polka dancing place Many people like to shop it up in Los Angeles Others just like to simply kick back and watch some television But the best way by far to spend a Saturday night is to read Saturday Night, by Susan Orlean Saturday Night, simply put, is the perfect combination of information and humor, each when on its own doesn t account for being Saturday Night worthy In this book, Orlean elaborates on her experiences of stalking people as they go abo [...]


    3. I misjudged this book It is still my view that it is horribly out of date, but the chapters on the Bowery Mission in NYC, and Missile Defense in Wyoming surprised me pleasantly I find myself referencing it than I should for a book I find irrelevant, like when Saturday Night Live airs, or when I see city apartments with large dining rooms This book does have some timeless observations, worth finding as you snicker through the new advent of videocassette recorders and the LA mod scene.


    4. Susan Orlean s Saturday Night is one of my favorite works of creative non fiction ever She travels all around the country to find out what various eclectic groups of people in radically different locations are doing for fun, or attempts at fun, on Saturday night The staff of a nuclear reactor, dieters at the Pritikin Institute venturing out into the dangerous outside world of food, young students at Princeton who all have incredibly high expectations for what their futures have in store for them [...]


    5. Turns out I wasn t as surprised as I thought I d be by the way regular folks spend their Saturday nights Maybe if I was sheltered by academia or life in a huge metro are this would ve been of a revelation


    6. This book is a wonderful fun piece of Americana All of the descriptions are familiar yet Susan Orlean s focus and description makes them much .


    7. For some reason, I just didn t connect deeply with this book I attribute it mostly to a mild dislike of the characters, as I did appreciate the historical aspect of the story.


    8. Upon reading the non fiction writing, one would be surprised that Saturday Night is Susan Orlean s first book Orlean brings the readers along on her journey to find out how the American people spend their Saturday nights Orlean s deep interest in the subject is seen as the reader progresses through the chapters, realizing that Orlean was strongly devoted to traveling across the United States to truly find out about the Saturday Night culture in the U.S She writes of many different activities tha [...]


    9. If it were up to me, I would rewrite Susan Orlean s entire book, Saturday Night I would just switch a couple words here and there, tweak the sentences a bit, tear out all the pages And trust me, nobody will see the difference This is how my new and improved version of Saturday Night would read Page 1Chapter 1 Tree SavingSaturday Night is different The End I bet you can t find the difference Her idea was brilliant document different people s activities on one night of the week Saturday Night Susa [...]


    10. Susan Orlean is one of my favorite essayists, I m always excited when I open an issue of the New Yorker and find one of her articles inside Saturday Night is the perfect opportunity to get my fill, and then some, of her voice The book is an interesting premise she examines why Saturday night is important to American society, and takes a look at some of the quintessential and not so quintessential ways to spend Saturday night across the United States, from babysitting, to waitressing in America s [...]


    11. I m assuming Susan Orlean was already an established journalist at this point, because this is the type of book I am surprised found a publisher That s not to say it shouldn t have been published, I found the concept wonderful and the stories very entertaining In this book, Susan Orlean examines the phenomenon of Saturday Night and why that night has such a specific and special meaning for us all Each chapter observes a different form of celebrating or not celebrating Saturday night and all that [...]


    12. Well written and entertaining piece of non fiction Orlean s a master of description and wry humor She puts you right there again and again, and I am a better non fiction observer as a result.


    13. Twenty years ago, before she wrote The Orchid Thief or was hailed as a national treasure by The Washington Post, Susan Orlean was a journalist with a question What makes Saturday night so special To answer it, she embarked on a remarkable journey across the country and spent the evening with all sorts of people in all sorts of places hipsters in Los Angeles, car cruisers in small town Indiana, coeds in Boston, the homeless in New York, a lounge band in Portland, quincea era revelers in Phoenix, [...]


    14. The premise is intriguing how do Americans spend their Saturday evenings, the one day restrained neither by the preceding morning nor by the following day Orlean traipses through various towns in the country attempting to find out, each essay describing one activity The polka dancing and the murdering and cruising and riding the shag bus were all fun to read about, but a sense of ennui set in about halfway point, and I stopped caring about the stories and histories that lead to the regularity wi [...]


    15. I read this a few years ago, when I was a younger journalist, and I thought it was so quirky and fun Reading it now I see how well she builds context in many of the pieces The details are fun and often funny, but the reason they work is the set up That said, the idea is better than the sum here Some of the essays are brilliant some are just too long Talk of the Towns I lost steam There was little to distinguish them after a while I needed and by that I mean different Bog Thoughts to keep the mo [...]


    16. Good book If you re a curious person who loves going inside the world of understated but interesting people, check it out I d give it 4 5 but for every chapter I loved, there would one that dragged a bit It s also pretty dated, though I don t think that s necessarily a bad thing.


    17. What makes Saturday night so special Orlean takes a journey around America and spent the evening with all sorts of people in all sorts of places to chronicle the one night of the week where we do the things we want to do rather than the things we need to do.


    18. I want to give it 3 1 2 stars with the extra 1 2 for the chapter on the beloved Hilltop Steakhouse of Saugus, MA RIP I also enjoyed S.O s astonishment that 12 year old babysitting girls in the late 80 s were all watching The Golden Girlsssssssssss.


    19. I love the idea But it does seem a little outdated But Orlean is always great at setting the scene and describing people and places.








    20. Orlean is the greatest living writer in America, if not the world What I would give to be able to see the world through her eyes for just one day A remarkable book, one of the greatest.




    21. Susan Orlean s Afterward touches on how our society has changed since she wrote this book Considering that, this book is a really interesting look at how people spend time in special ways.



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