Articles by Bill Morris
February 3, 2011
It’s a ripping story, splashed with bloody horrors and punctuated by moments of serene beauty.
January 26, 2011
All art comes from art. To admit this is not to concede that there’s no such thing as originality any more than it’s a license to borrow without attribution and then call it your own.
January 14, 2011
I wanted to see if I could create literary non-fiction out of short-term memory.
December 28, 2010
The army of Beat hagiographers operates under the illusion that dissecting the personal lives of writers is essential to – even preferable to – understanding their writing.
November 24, 2010
While mankind strives to improve itself to death, some of us want no part of it.
November 8, 2010
Walker Percy was a big Elmore Leonard fan. Way back in 1987, during the high noon of a career that has now reached its rich and plummy twilight, Percy asked: “Why is Elmore Leonard so good?” Percy answered: “He doesn’t stick to the same guy in the same place.”
November 3, 2010
Even more fascinating to Talese than failure is the murky downslope of greatness, the twilight of storied careers, the ways stars must struggle to get their bearings after the cheering stops.
October 27, 2010
Sad but true, the rejection letter, like so many things in book publishing, is a shadow of what it used to be.
October 14, 2010
James Ross published just one novel in his lifetime. This is a rare thing because of a paradox that lies at the heart of novel writing: it demands such sustained focus, such persistence, so much raw pig-headed stubbornness that anyone who does it once almost invariably does it again, and again, and again. Once is almost never enough.