Always on the fringes, Moore perfected fast-talking insult comedy, almost single-handedly invented blaxsploitation movies, and inspired artists from Snoop Dog to Eddie Murphy.
Bill Morris is the author of the novels Motor City, All Souls' Day, and Motor City Burning, which will be published by Pegasus Books in July. His writing has appeared in Granta, the New York Times, the (London) Independent, the Washington Post Magazine, L.A. Weekly and the online literary magazine The Millions. He lives in New York City.
After a staggering seven-decade career, Wouk passed away just 10 days short of his 104th birthday.
Putin has stolen a page straight out of Hitler’s playbook to manipulate the World Cup for a maximum propaganda boost.
The literary provocateur who almost single-handedly created the New Journalism and went on to write some of the most hilariously scathing fiction about modern life has died at 88.
A new retrospective at New York’s Whitney Museum shows us an artist as dark and rich as the Midwestern farmland that inspired his complex vision of America.
Critics couldn’t stand his brutal crime novels, but his customers weren’t so finicky. They bought 200 million copies of his books. At his centenary, maybe we owe him a fresh look.
He invented ‘lifestyle,’ built an empire, and watched the internet run away with his revolution. Après Hef, le déluge.
In the summer of 1967, the Motor City exploded in five days of lethal violence so shocking that people still argue over what to call it—a riot, a rebellion, or an uprising.
One of America’s most cherished myths is that the civil rights movement killed Jim Crow. It didn’t. For more than a century, that dirty bird has proven itself almost immortal.
The Alabama tomboy, who wrote one of America’s best-loved novels, then withdrew from public view for more than 50 years, fascinated us to the end.