Articles by Bill Morris

May 24, 2016

Living Clichéd Lives: On Hollywood Biopics 12

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.

February 25, 2016

And the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay Goes to… 7

Four novels as source material for Oscar-nominated screenplays? What happened? Did some pixie slip a vial of smart powder into the L.A. drinking water?

February 11, 2016

A Walking Coulda-Been: Remembering Buddy Cianci 2

Jimmy Breslin might have had Buddy Cianci in mind when he said, “Providence is where the best thieves come from.”

February 4, 2016

Good News! China Miéville Has Written a Bad Book 13

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 8

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?