Ross Gale

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Telling Is Listening: Ursula K. Le Guin on the Magic of Conversation and Why Human Communication Is Like Amoebas Having Sex

“Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it.”<p>Every act of communication is an act of tremendous courage in which we give ourselves over to …

Culture

Mark Rothko on the Transcendent Power of Art and How (Not) To Experience His Paintings

Between January and July of 1956, a pivotal point in art when abstraction and realism confronted one another in a particularly fierce conflict and fine art was exorcising its ambivalence about the “organic” and the “formal” on canvases the world over, the celebrated writer, poet, critic, and public …

Artists

On Not Writing a Book Right Now

Why I won’t be asking you about your next big project.

Writing

Always Becoming

<i>The following is adapted from an address given at the Seattle Pacific University MFA in Creative Writing commencement ceremony last month</i>.<p>For …

Arizona lawmakers undo disability-lawsuit compromise, give businesses the upper hand

CLOSE<p>Skip in<p>x<p>Embed<p>THE GAGGLE: TALKING POLITICS EVERY WEEK WITH THE AZCENTRAL TEAMThe Gaggle: Health care in Congress and school voucher expansion | …

Can you judge a book by its odour?

Cocoa, wood, rusks – every book has a distinctive smell. And each smell says something about how and when it was made, and where it has been<p>What does it mean to experience a book? To a bibliophile such as Alberto Manguel, smell plays an important part. In a talk at the British Library this week, …

British Library

Self-Help for Sarah Lawrence Girls: Joan Didion on Franny and Zooey

<i>I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect</i>*“When I first came to New York during the fall of 1956, I went to …

Literature

A poet responds to Assad

Amal Kassir lost 11 family members in Syria last Tuesday - but not in the suspected chemical attack.

Prophecy

On December 24, 1950, Dana Gioia was born in Hawthorne, California. He received a BA from Stanford University. Before returning to Stanford to earn …

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The winners of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize were announced on the 170th birthday of Joseph Pulitzer, and though there were some surprises, the majority of …

Journalism

Terrence Malick Q&A: The Meaning of Life and Other Small Things

Okay, well, first of all, I can’t just be all <i>cool guy</i> and publish a blog post about a Terrence Malick Q&A <i>without</i>geeking out a little. I mean, I saw …

Terrence Malick

WHITE PEOPLE ALWAYS WANT TO TELL ME THAT THEY GREW UP POOR | The Common

Author:<p>Megan Fernandes<p>Author Link:<p>http://www.thecommononline.org/bio/megan-fernandes<p>White people don’t like when<br>you say:<p><i>white people.</i><p>White people<br>like …

S-Town Is a Well-Crafted Monument to Empathy

The much-hyped podcast evolves from murder mystery and rural tourism into timely, humanistic biography.<p>In the days after the 2016 election, an article by David Wong on <i>Cracked</i> called “How Half of America Lost Its F**king Mind” went viral. It listed five reasons why the Donald Trump phenomenon was …

American South

Fellatio and Juliet: On the Hard Task of Writing About Blowjobs

Though many authors have mounted attempts to convey the strange and singular experience of fellatio, only those who understand the power dynamics between giver and receiver succeed.<p>Michael Cunningham might be the modern master of the fellatio scene, but it took leaving them out to finally win a …

Liked ‘Serial’? Here’s Why the True-Crime Podcast ‘S-Town’ Is Better

In 2014, the true-crime podcast “Serial” began like this: A tipster asked a radio journalist to investigate a murder. “S-Town,” the new narrative podcast from the creators of “Serial,” kicks off in a similar fashion. This time, the tipster is John B. McLemore, an eccentric antique clock restorer …

Podcasting

The Creators of ‘Serial’ Are Back With ‘S-Town,’ a Binge-Ready New Podcast

At the center of <i>S-Town</i>, the new podcast from the team behind <i>Serial</i>, lies a maze. Well, two mazes. The first is an elaborate hedge maze on a plot of …

Escaping Is Not a Form of Understanding

In the internet age, travel essays are shared far and wide—and they aren’t always well received back home.<p>The little transgressions are the forgivable ones. Local knowledge in any place is earned with time. So it’s understandable why someone who is only visiting Hawaii might think to describe poke …

Hawaii

The art and evolution of headline writing

How have headlines evolved, from their early days in the late 19th century to their bold modern digital descendants?<p>We read dozens, if not hundreds, of them every day. Often skipping the story that follows and relying on just the headline, to tell us what's happening in the world.<p>At their best, …

Journalism

A new kind of doctor's office that charges a monthly fee and doesn't take insurance could lead to much cheaper prescriptions

For one of Dr. John Burrell's new patients, a six-month supply of a drug fell from $120 to $20.<p>That's because Burrell, who runs a primary-care office in Columbia, South Carolina, manages to charge his patients wholesale prices.<p>Burrell runs a direct primary-care practice. Instead of accepting …

Health Care

Critics of the NEA often say its funding is welfare for rich, liberal elites. They're wrong.

A look at the NEA’s approach to funding art tells a very different story.<p>On his show on Friday, March 17, Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson said the National Endowment for the Arts “is, in effect, welfare for rich, liberal elites. That's who consumes the products that they produce.”<p>The NEA has …

Education

George Saunders on how art can inspire empathy in the Trump era

“Those of us who are in the arts or in journalism can do some work to put real people on the other end of this thing.”<p>George Saunders, a Buddhist raised on the South Side of Chicago, is one of America’s great writers. He’s long been hailed for his short stories; his debut novel is <i>Lincoln in the</i> …

Democracy

Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments

A deep fear came to pass for many artists, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide early Thursday morning when President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.<p>President Trump also …

National Endowment for the Arts

Why Writers Lie (and Plagiarize and Fabricate and Stretch the Truth and...)

While “fake news” may be a current term of art, the literary hoax is a tale as old as the printed word. Whether it’s the fabrication of a Bob Dylan quote or the concoction of a madcap Howard Hughes tale, what happens after a writer’s lies are exposed? Paul Elie charts the course, from motive to mea …

Literature

The Republican Health Care Plan Includes A Tax Break For Insurance CEOs

Insurance industry execs are getting a new tax break on salaries above $500,000 as part of the Republican plan to replace Obamacare.<p>WASHINGTON — The Republican plan to replace Obamacare includes a tax break for insurance company executives making over $500,000 per year.<p>Companies can generally …

Can movies like "Get Out" scare us into being better people?

Rarely have I seen a movie audience as viscerally satisfied as the audience with whom I saw “Get Out,” the new horror-comedy written and directed by …

NYC blue: what the pain of loneliness tells us – Olivia Laing

The bluest period I ever spent was in Manhattan’s East Village, not so long back. I lived on East 2nd Street, in an unreconstructed tenement …

Poets to Hold Vigil for the NEA at Trump Tower

Poets and activists have organized a vigil and reading protesting President Donald J. Trump's proposed budget cuts to, or elimination of, the …

Donald Trump

The Not-So-Secret Life of Terrence Malick

The Not-So-Secret Life of Terrence Malick<p>The world’s most private director turns his lens on the place where he’s always been most public: …

Terrence Malick

Anatomy of a Discovery: How a Literary Magazine Editor Finds New Writers

<i>by John Freeman</i><p>I sometimes hear publishing new writers talked about as if it were an occult art. Tea leaves consulted. Sand art made. A voice in the …

Books

Fellowships

<b>The Luci Shaw Undergraduate Fellowship<br>Application Deadline: February 15</b><p>The Luci Shaw Fellowship<p>The purpose of the Luci Shaw Fellowship is to expose a …