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* Good to Know
*Chronology
If You Like Cintra Wilson
You'll Like...
*Chuck Klosterman
*Hunter S. Thompson
*Sarah Vowell
*Tom Wolfe
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									Cintra WilsonCintra Wilson
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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Fact File

Name:
Cintra Wilson
Current Home:
New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Chico, California
Education:
G.E.D., 1984; attended San Francisco State University





Wilson's Buzz Book

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								Colors Insulting to Nature: A Novel, Author: 
								Cintra Wilson.

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Colors Insulting to Nature: A Novel
by Cintra Wilson
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

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								Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Author: 
								Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman (Illustrator).

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
by 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."

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								Brave New World, Author: 
								Aldous Huxley.

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Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
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:

*The Brothers Karamazov  by Fyodor Dostoevsky
*Mating  by Norman Rush
*The Road to Los Angeles  by John Fante
*Franny and Zooey  by J. D. Salinger
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