Articles by Bill Morris

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.

December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Bill Morris 3

Delightfully free of finger-pointing, cheap nostalgia, or breathless boosterism, the book makes the point that only through an understanding of this troubled city’s history can one hope to understand its current woes and its possible ways forward. 

November 19, 2014

First Encounter of the Worst Kind: On Reading James Patterson at 32,000 Feet 29

Books like this are for people who don’t really like to read but love to be able to say they have read, much as fruity cocktails are for people who don’t really like to drink but love to get knee-walking drunk.

October 28, 2014

The Timeless – and Timely – Allure of the Near Future 8

If today’s crop of books, movies and TV shows set in the near future are an accurate barometer, it looks like we’re in for some filthy weather.

October 17, 2014

The Curious Kick of Hearing an Actor Reading Your Writing 1

“When I read a book I’m listening to what the author wrote,” says the actor Kevin Kenerly. “Some people look at a novel as a text, but I look at it as language.”

September 19, 2014

“I Don’t Want to Always Write Stories About the Same Kind of Disaffected, Angsty, Youngish Dude:” On Justin Taylor’s Flings 6

These stories are loaded with memorable snapshots. But for a writer of Taylor’s wit and intelligence, that’s no longer enough.

September 16, 2014

Dan Epstein on the Hairy Goofy Polyester Glory of 1970s Baseball 0

In Epstein I discovered a smart writer who actually reveled in the cheesiness of the 1970s. And he did it without the killing smirk of irony.

August 18, 2014

Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Eco-terrorists So Different, So Appealing? 3

Are these activists terrorists, as the government would have us believe, or are they avenging angels performing a vital service, as they themselves believe?