Articles by Bill Morris

April 5, 2012

The Riches of White Trash 12

Are poor rural white people really neglected in American literature? Hardly. They might be routinely scorned, marginalized, misunderstood, and reduced to caricature, but they’re not neglected. In fact, the canon is larded with writers who’ve put the riches of white trash culture to wondrous use.

March 29, 2012

The Writer’s Bedroom 1

We recently ran a piece called “Where We Write,” in which our staff writers posted photographs of their work spaces. Apartment Therapy has taken it a step further and revealed where some famous and not-so-well-known writers slept. Turns out a bedroom, like a work space, speaks volumes about a writer. But one question remains: What […]

March 22, 2012

John Leonard Died for Our Sins 6

I’m glad I haven’t read anything Leonard wrote about Nixon after 1975. My guess is it would be like watching someone empty an Uzi into a lifeless Clydesdale.

February 27, 2012

Scott Donaldson on the “Impossible Craft” of Writing Biography 11

“If you fall in love with your subject, you can so identify with your subject that you lose something of your own self to it. The first two biographers of Malcolm Lowry who was a suicide, they both killed themselves. Maybe they had that inclination to begin with. But that can happen.”

February 21, 2012

Blink vs. Think: When a Movie Bewitches A Writer 9

Geoff Dyer, Don DeLillo, and Jonathan Lethem, for all their differences, have one thing in common. Each became bewitched by a movie that spoke so forcefully to him that he watched it again and again until it revealed all of its secrets.

February 8, 2012

Hatchet Job Prize 0

Turns out Americans aren’t the only ones who adore snark. The novelist and critic Adam Mars-Jones has won the first Hatchet Job prize from the British website Omnivore for his blistering takedown of Michael Cunningham’s latest novel, By Nightfall. Mars-Jones beat out Geoff Dyer’s slam of Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an […]

January 11, 2012

Staff Pick: John Jeremiah Sullivan’s Pulphead 16

Every word I say or write about John Jeremiah Sullivan’s Pulphead turns instantly to mush. Yes, he’s that good.

January 4, 2012

Nihilists Have Feelings, Too: Michel Houellebecq’s The Map and the Territory 8

Michel Houellebecq may be a petty misanthrope and an average prose stylist, but he can also be drop-dead funny.

December 10, 2011

A Year in Reading: Bill Morris 0

This year I read a book that was so good it gave me that sick-sweet feeling of envy-awe when I finished the last page. Damn, I thought, I wish I’d written that!

November 21, 2011

Battle of the Heavyweights: Errol Morris vs. Susan Sontag 6

Book lovers love to watch two heavyweights slug it out. Bloodshed, though not necessary, is always welcome.