Articles by Bill Morris
November 25, 2015
What is it that keeps drawing filmmakers to the fiction of Patricia Highsmith?
November 11, 2015
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
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.
October 2, 2015
Maybe the finest thing about Scrapper is the way in takes us into a deep-pore underworld that’s rarely explored in even the best books about Detroit.
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.