Articles by Paul Morton

November 15, 2012

The March of Progress Is Never Neat: Merle Miller’s On Being Different 1

If Miller’s book is an argument for dignity and acceptance, it is also an argument against politeness. It is an argument against letting stray homophobic remarks from your liberal friends just go in the interest of keeping the evening pleasant. It is an argument against letting someone change the topic of conversation when they tell you they feel uncomfortable about gay marriage. It’s an argument for demanding the part of the territory to which you are entitled.

October 22, 2012

A Brief Wondrous Interview with Junot Díaz 3

Depression fucking sucks, dude. Depression sucks. And part of you thinks, “Well if I have to deal with being fucking depressed, I’ll figure out some way to make some art out of it.”

October 11, 2012

Written through Tears: The Millions Interviews Katherine Boo 3

She made me talk about why I felt I could never make anyone care about these people the way I cared about them. She made me realize I just had to keep on doing my reporting. Obviously, it was late for those children, but if I could investigate and document a little better, maybe some attention would be paid.

September 14, 2012

Joe Sacco Grapples with Human Nature: The Millions Interview 3

Every time you draw something, much like acting, you have to get into the role on some level of what that person is thinking or feeling. It’s easier to draw a sadist. The more difficult thing is to draw ordinary people doing atrocious things.

May 9, 2012

Anticipate Doom: The Millions Interviews László Krasznahorkai 12

I write my texts, my sentences, in my head — outside there is a terrible, almost unbearable noise, inside there is a terrible, almost unbearable, pounding silence.

November 7, 2011

The Millions Interview: Alan Hollinghurst Answers his Critics 5

“I was so hoping that we could get beyond the whole gay writer thing now, which I feel stuck in.”

October 4, 2011

“Horrible things happen everywhere”: The Millions Interview with Craig Thompson 5

“There’s a very offensive Islamophobia that happens in the media. But then there’s also this overly-PC, liberal reaction to tiptoe around a lot of subjects which I think is its own form of insult.”

June 30, 2011

The Millions Interview: David Bezmozgis 1

“The parts of Solzhenitsyn that are funny aren’t there because he artificially introduced them. They’re there because he’s trying to authentically replicate what life was like. And I’m trying to do the same.”

April 26, 2011

The Millions Interview: Shaun Tan 3

Good picture books are meant to be read more than once in order to be properly understood, and the artist takes advantage of the brevity to insert layers of ideas, one on top of another, rather than set out along a linear string. (Warning: gorgeous Shaun Tan artwork inside)

July 8, 2010

The Millions Interview: Gene Luen Yang 7

“I just feel we know when we see someone with buckteeth and super slanted eyes that that’s supposed to be outdated. Right? But then a lot of these sorts of things keep popping up in our culture.”