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Susan Orlean Wire

Author and famed chicken wrangler Susan Orlean ponders how to gross fifty thousand dollars with an agricultural business to qualify for a discount on her property tax. Chicken eggs won't cut it, so maybe puppies? "Alas, when I mentioned this to my accountant, he nearly had a myocardial infarction." She decides on cattle: "For a suburban girl, who also spent twenty years in the city, this is almost too much excitement," she writes. [New Yorker]