Articles by Bill Morris

February 4, 2016

Good News! China Miéville Has Written a Bad Book 12

What is news, as Tim Parks points out, is that the ascendancy of economic considerations over artistic ones in the publishing industry has led to “a growing resistance at every level to taking risks in novel writing.”

January 12, 2016

R.I.P: Select Literary Obituaries from 2015 7

Rest in Peace. Through your words you will all live on.

December 20, 2015

A Year in Reading: Bill Morris 0

This year brought forth another crop of terrific books about the D, as we Detroiters refer to our beloved, beleaguered hometown.

November 25, 2015

The Filmable Miss Highsmith 8

What is it that keeps drawing filmmakers to the fiction of Patricia Highsmith?

November 11, 2015

How the West Was Lost 7

In the end, Ivan Doig & Co. come to very different conclusions about How the West Was Lost, but they share a sense that the loss is as irreversible as it was wrong-headed.

October 27, 2015

Is Experience Overrated? One Writer’s Checkered Résumé 9

If I wanted to become a novelist, according to Flannery O’Connor, I didn’t need to wander the world harvesting experiences. I needed to contemplate experience and then write about it.

October 2, 2015

Love in the Ruins: On Matt Bell’s ‘Scrapper’ 1

Maybe the finest thing about Scrapper is the way in takes us into a deep-pore underworld that’s rarely explored in even the best books about Detroit.

September 3, 2015

How Iceberg Slim Schooled Dr. Dre: On Justin Gifford’s ‘Street Poison’ 0

Iceberg Slim, brutal pimp turned popular author, received a fraction of the royalties due him — which meant, ironically, that he ended up getting pimped by his own publisher.

August 4, 2015

Car Crush: Why American Writers and Artists Can’t Stop Loving the Automobile 3

Is there any more potent metaphor for the American tendency to wind up, broken and bloody, in a ditch?

July 2, 2015

Let Us Now Be Grateful That They’re (Finally!) (Honestly!) (Really Really Really!) Dead 9

The Grateful Dead’s final tour is another reminder that the band long ago became a large corporation with a bottom line to consider. That’s not a knock on their success. It’s just a fact.