Articles by Bill Morris
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.
October 13, 2010
The secret of the store’s success has been that the owners loved books and weren’t afraid to have opinions or share them with their customers. And the customers responded to that passion.
October 12, 2010
Gibson has always been fascinated by fashion, not only as an expression of personal style, but as a place where technology and advertising work together, on a global scale, to create and feed human appetites in the name of corporate profits.
October 4, 2010
School wasn’t my death as a writer, it was my birth; and it would not have happened without the guidance and support of inspiring teachers, access to magnificent libraries, and every student’s most precious gift, free time.