Articles by Paul Morton

November 29, 2013

Difficult History: On John Lewis’s March 0

The civil rights movement is a brutal place, where young men torture themselves for the great cause, and where the moments of euphoria are all too rare.

June 26, 2013

Immersion Therapy: The Millions Interviews Ellen Forney 0

I set up a tripod and posed for every panel. I was drawing myself crying and lying. I got a chair that looked like my psychiatrist’s chair. I posed like my mother. I posed like my psychiatrist. And really, literally embodying these other characters, me and people who were around me, thoroughly immersing myself in that world and that time. 

May 8, 2013

The Superhero Factory: An Unauthorized Corporate History of Marvel Comics 4

Sean Howe covers the entire history of Marvel, from 1939 to Disney’s acquisition of the company 70 years later. The book has few heroes and villains, only figures who, with varying degrees of success and failure, negotiate the politics of a large enterprise for their own wants and needs. It’s a portrait of what capitalism can create and what it can’t create — and what it can destroy.

January 31, 2013

Getting Away with Murder: The Millions Interviews Ursula K. Le Guin 14

I think to admit despair and to revel in it — as many 20th- and 21st-century writers do — is an easy way out.

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 4

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 13

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.”