Articles by Bill Morris

May 13, 2015

Down in the Oedipal Mud: On Kent Russell’s ‘I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son’ 13

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

Cuba on the Cusp in ‘Havana Motor Club’ 2

Cubans are getting ready to navigate a treacherous crossroads — the place where communism and capitalism intersect and collide.

May 1, 2015

What the New Whitney Museum Says About the New New York City 5

The new Whitney is the latest monument to contemporary New York’s get-rich-or-get-out ethos.

March 23, 2015

Ink on Paper: On the Beauty of Typewritten Book Covers 3

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

Will All You Literary Biographers Please Be Quiet, Please? 9

Here’s a modest proposal: Let’s outlaw the literary biography.

February 13, 2015

The Civil Rights Movement Finally Gets Its Hollywood Close-Up 0

Selma is the climax of a cinematic crescendo that has been building for years.

February 9, 2015

Rejoice! A Hollywood Screenwriter Read a Novel Last Year! 6

I’m happy to report that the writers nominated for the Adapted Screenplay Oscar mixed a little fiction into their reading diets last year. A very little. One novel.

January 14, 2015

Biography: The Incredible Expanding Form 3

Nowadays, human beings are no longer the sole suitable subjects for a biography, which is coming to mean an account of just about anything’s life, or history, or essence.

January 12, 2015

Why Big-Time College Football Sucks 24

America has been “reduced to grateful infantilism by the game of football.”

January 7, 2015

Those Who Left Us: Select Literary Obituaries from 2014 2

Once again last year we lost great talents from every precinct of the literary world. Here is a selective compendium of the how a few of them lived, when they died, and the books they left behind.