Articles by Bill Morris

October 13, 2011

OWS and the Press 0

How do you spell t-r-a-c-t-i-o-n? Our recent stories about the spreading Occupy Wall Street protests seem to be part of a trend. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism reports that the protests accounted for only 7% of coverage in all news media nationwide in the past week — but that’s a four-fold […]

October 10, 2011

The Eclectic Reading List at Occupy Wall Street 12

Everyone knows that you are what you read. So to learn more about the protesters who have been occupying Wall Street for the past three weeks, it makes sense to find out what they’re reading.

October 3, 2011

A Poet Laureate from the Proletariat: An Appreciation of Philip Levine 9

I came upon a book of poems that proved to me that art can be made from absolutely anything, from a night-shift job at Chevy Gear & Axle or a job picking Gravenstein apples.

September 21, 2011

The Slow Cookers 0

Dwight Garner, writing in the current issue of The New York Times Magazine, laments that so many high-end American novelists seem to be working on “the nine-year plan,” delivering a new novel roughly once a decade. He cites Jeffrey Eugenides, who will be out soon with The Marriage Plot, his third novel in 18 years, […]

September 21, 2011

A Documentary for Our Times: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 8

As the divisions of class and race continue to harden and widen in this country, I say we could use more leaders like Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis, with their beautiful, hard-earned fury.

September 13, 2011

The German Solution: Saving Books by Keeping Them Expensive 33

There seemed to be no end to the variety of bookshops in Cologne. But they all had one thing in common: they were thriving.

August 17, 2011

The Millions Interview: Geoff Dyer on the London Riots, the Great War, and the Gray Lady 7

“I always have faith in this idea that if I remain honest and open about my own confusion, the blurriness of my impressions – it’s not because I’m short-witted or stupid – the chances are those feelings will be shared by other people.”

August 9, 2011

Ham Steaks and Manstarch: Nicholson Baker Returns to the Sex Beat 4

House of Holes is a carefully constructed contrivance, a vehicle for exploring a fantasy that could exist only in a country that’s both obsessed with sex and deeply conflicted about it. In short, it’s every pubescent boy’s wet dream. But is it good fiction?

August 2, 2011

DMV Redux: An Expanded List of Writers Who Met Death By Motor Vehicle 7

When we posted our “List of Writers Who Met Death By Motor Vehicle” here recently, we acknowledged that the list was most likely far from exhaustive. Readers proved us right. Today, thanks to reader comments, we expand our tribute to writers who left us too soon.

July 26, 2011

Staff Pick: The Real State of America Atlas 2

Where The Real State of America Atlas truly shines is in its demolition of the notion – the enduring fantasy – that America is a land of equal opportunity.