Articles by Bill Morris

October 26, 2016

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Turns 75 0

EQMM can be seen as a pioneering force in what is now a fact of life in American fiction — the blending of supposedly “high” and “low” literary forms, the blurring of genre boundaries, the growing sense among writers and readers that the old strictures and snobberies hampered free and fruitful cross-pollination.

September 30, 2016

Black and Proud: James McBride on James Brown 1

James McBride’s ‘Kill ‘Em and Leave’ is a scorchingly honest examination of the racial divide that explains why America continues to be a bloody and schizophrenic place.

August 18, 2016

Octogenarian Hotties 21

Publishing’s abiding obsession with fresh voices ignores a curious fact about our current literary scene: a startling number of the finest writers at work today are not twentysomethings; they’re eightysomethings.

August 5, 2016

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Richard Vine’s ‘Soho Sins’ 1

SoHo Sins succeeds because it was written by a man with a day job, a job that gives him intimate knowledge of how a subculture works – its personalities and preoccupations, its business practices, its styles, its silliness and occasional beauty.

July 21, 2016

Everything Takes Longer than You Expect: The Millions Interviews Hannah Gersen 0

Writing is gratifying on a daily basis. If I didn’t love doing it, I would have stopped a long time ago.

June 3, 2016

Messing with People’s Expectations: The Millions Interviews Mark Binelli 0

I love the idea of grafting details from my life — a white Italian-American living in 2016, in his 40s — grafting that onto the life of a black singer born in Cleveland in the late-1920s. Being able to mix all that stuff together was really appealing to me.

May 24, 2016

Living Clichéd Lives: On Hollywood Biopics 15

Maybe the problem is that musicians keep living clichéd lives that can’t be made into anything but clichéd movies.

May 18, 2016

No Genre Ever Dies: On Loren D. Estleman and the Pulp Tradition 2

I think Estleman would proud of being described as a throwback to an earlier era, when writers wrote prolifically and never failed to entertain. It’s not haute cuisine — it’s red meat, the stuff you can’t put down until your plate is clean.

April 1, 2016

The Rise and Fall of the Donald Trump of Detroit 2

Rich Republican outsider with zero political experience and open disdain for government claims he has the business acumen to make [fill in the blank] great again — sound familiar?

March 15, 2016

The $ick Lie of Mar¢h Madne$$ 3

Many of the kids who play college basketball today are insanely talented. Too bad they’re being so shamelessly exploited.