Articles by Bill Morris

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?

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.