Cintra Wilson has made her own fame with her sendups of pop culture, from her popular Salon columns to her debut novel Colors Insulting to Nature -- a brazen, biting take on the celebrity scene that caused the San Francisco Chronicle to crown Wilson as "the Dorothy Parker of the Cyber age."
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New York, New York
Place of Birth:
G.E.D., 1984; attended San Francisco State University
|Wilson's Buzz Book|
|Colors Insulting to Nature: A Novel|
Liza Normal wants desperately to be famous. If she can't be famous, she'll settle for infamy. But no pop idol contest on earth will ever crown someone like Liza, with her spookily vulgar “vocal stylings” and her stripper's wardrobe. Her wits addled by celebrity culture, the ashes of failed stardom in her mouth, she decides to turn her back on her tinsel dreams and embrace her outsider status with a ferocious purity. A dazzling satire on celebrity worship and American excess.
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|The Secret to Cintra's Success|
|"I’ve been writing for a really long time -- professionally since I was 19, nonstop. I have countless horror stories," Wilson revealed in our interview. "The main point to be gleaned from the fact that I have a career, I think, is the fact that I very jealously and tenaciously stuck to my guns, in terms of not letting people (magazine editors, in particular) mess with my voice."|
|An Early Inspiration||Favorite Writers & Reads|
|Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas|
Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman (Illustrator)
Wilson told us about how Hunter S. Thompson's classic got under her skin when she read it as a teenager. "What hit me was the visceral power and swashbuckling hilarity of the language," she recalls. "So toothy. It jumps off the page and bites you on the nose. I wanted to do that -- transmit that skull-cracking energy off a piece of paper."
|Brave New World|
We asked Wilson to tell us about some of her favorite books, and Aldous' Huxley's classic Brave New World mader her list. "I love everything about it -- the language, the warning, the insouciance. Orwell-lite for the irreverence-inclined, and I mean that in the best possible way," she reflects. Read the interview to learn more about Wilson's best loved books, including: