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Wendy Burden
WENDY BURDEN is a confirmed New Yorker who, to her constant surprise, lives in Portland, Oregon. She is the great-great-great-great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, which qualifies her to comment freely on the downward spiral of blue blood families. She has worked as an illustrator, a zookeeper, and a taxidermist; and as an art director for a pornographic magazine from which she was fired for being too tasteful. She was also the owner and chef of a small French restaurant, Chez Wendy. She has yet to attend mortuary school, but is planning on it.

Blog Entries by Wendy Burden

Dead End Gene Pool: Dead Mom Talks Through Facebook

Posted March 26, 2010 | 11:56:16 (EST)

When word got around that I'd written a memoir called Dead End Gene Pool, about growing up in an over-funded and over-served blueblood family, people wanted to know my family's reaction. The good news is, almost everyone in the book is safely tucked away six feet under; but beware the...

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'Dead End Gene Pool': Hilarious Dysfunction At The End Of The Vanderbilt Line

Posted March 26, 2010 | 08:30:38 (EST)

From "Dead End Gene Pool" by Wendy Burden


It's a testament to his libido, if not his character, that Cornelius Vanderbilt died of syphilis instead of apoplexy.

In 1794, a few miles from where his powdered bones eternally lie, within the eight-foot-thick walls of the largest tomb ever built...

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