The Power of a Good Cry

“Tears are central to great acting. A lifetime of weeping at the movies has taught me how much letting it all go in real life can matter, too.”

Published: Feb 8, 2022
Length: 13 minutes (3,490 words)

My Mustache, My Self

A quarantine facial-hair experiment led Wesley Morris to consider his Blackness, maleness, and self.

Published: Oct 14, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,542 words)

The Videos That Rocked America. The Song That Knows Our Rage.

“Awash in the ghastly video mosaic shot by black people’s cameraphones, I found myself doubled over the kitchen sink. Then a lyric gave me strength.”

Published: Jun 3, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,700 words)

The 1619 Project

With essays, poems, timelines, and photography, the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project commemorates the 400th anniversary of American slavery, retelling the story of America’s origins by “placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center.”

Published: Aug 14, 2019
Length: 149 minutes (37,272 words)

Why Do the Oscars Keep Falling for Racial Reconciliation Fantasies?

The relationship is entirely conscripted as service and bound by capitalism and the fantastically presumptive leap is, The money doesn’t matter because I like working for you. And if you’re the racist in the relationship: I can’t be horrible because we’re friends now.

Published: Jan 24, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,200 words)

The Morality Wars

Wesley Morris on culture, art, and criticism is essential reading: “Groups who have been previously marginalized can now see that they don’t have to remain marginal. Spending time with work that insults or alienates them has never felt acceptable. Now they can do something about it. They’ve demanded to be taken seriously, and now that they kind of are, they can’t not act…But as urgent as these correctives, cancellations, pre-emptions and proscriptions may be, they do start to take a toll. It can be hard to tell when we’re consuming art and when we’re conducting H.R.”

Published: Oct 3, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,517 words)

Who We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Weinstein

New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris writes about his ardor for Annabella Sciorra’s art.

Published: Nov 22, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,535 words)

Why Pop Culture Just Can’t Deal With Black Male Sexuality

Wesley Morris takes on American culture’s deep, all-abiding fear of the black penis and “America’s dubious assumptions about the sexual prowess of black men.”

Published: Oct 27, 2016
Length: 24 minutes (6,244 words)

Let’s Be Real

Wesley Morris examines the depiction of race and police officers in movies, and juxtaposes it against the shooting in Ferguson.

Source: Grantland
Published: Aug 15, 2014
Length: 15 minutes (3,846 words)