Articles by Bill Morris
September 3, 2015
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
Is there any more potent metaphor for the American tendency to wind up, broken and bloody, in a ditch?
July 2, 2015
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.
June 24, 2015
There are many sentences in The Turner House that nail a sense of place with a precision long-time Detroiters like Elmore Leonard or Donald Goines would have envied.
June 4, 2015
The facile visual shorthand of ruin porn has eclipsed nuanced narrative as a way of telling the complex story of Detroit.
May 13, 2015
Kent Russell, like John Jeremiah Sullivan, never adopts the let’s-laugh-at-the-Clampetts pose common to inferior writers of inferior non-fiction.
May 6, 2015
Cubans are getting ready to navigate a treacherous crossroads — the place where communism and capitalism intersect and collide.
May 1, 2015
The new Whitney is the latest monument to contemporary New York’s get-rich-or-get-out ethos.
March 23, 2015
The reason these typewritten book covers have caught my eye and captured my heart is because they’ve so ingeniously captured the essence of the writing process — and the central truth that no piece of writing is ever truly finished.
March 17, 2015
Here’s a modest proposal: Let’s outlaw the literary biography.