As an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, Errol Morris is responsible for some of the strangest and most unforgettable films of the last 50 years, including Gates of Heaven (1978), The Thin Blue Line (1988), Mr. Death (1999) and The Fog of War (2003). In this bizarrely illuminating and at times unsettling conversation, one of America’s “most idiosyncratic and provocative public intellectuals” (Smithsonian) traces the origins of his obsession with the quixotic and controversial, from pet cemeteries to serial killers and war architects. Among the menagerie of taxidermy beasts in his Cambridge, MA, office, Morris sipped tea and shared his views on the subjects that hit closest to home: the CIA torture report, the filmed death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, the sudden death of his father and his overwhelming fascination with murder.
The interview was conducted by Brin-Jonathan Butler, author of A Cuban Boxer’s Journey and the memoir The Domino Diaries, forthcoming from Picador USA in June 2015. Butler’s work has appeared in ESPN The Magazine, VICE, Men’s Health and Salon.
Cover design by Adil Dara.