Ross Gale

5 Magazines | 7,949 Articles | 12,686 Followers | 4 Likes | @rossgale | Ross is a writer and editor living in Arizona. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. @rossgale

Where are all the women writing longform? Check the history of the Pulitzer Prizes

Why aren’t there more women doing longform narrative journalism?<p>That is a question that Lane DeGregory, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the …

Zero K and making sense of 'late period' Don DeLillo

Many of the reviews I’ve read of DeLillo’s latest book, Zero K, talk about “late period” DeLillo, suggesting that since Underworld, he’s been prone to writing similar books – marked by slender plotting, elusive meanings and dense, elliptical prose. What most reviewers don’t say is that another …

Books

12 Things I Noticed While Reading Every Short Story Published in 2014-15 (or, Extremely Long Titles That Are Complete Sentences Are Still Very Much a Thing)

At the end of an unlit dead-end corridor in the basement of Calhoun Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus stands an unmarked door. Behind …

Short Stories

Galaxy's Edge Magazine

<b>Joy Ward:</b> <i>How did you get started writing?</i><p><b>Martin:</b> I’ve always written. As far back as I can remember. When I was a little kid I used to make up …

Books

Who Was Joe Gould, And Did He Really Write The World's Longest Book?

In two of <i>The New Yorker</i>'s most famous articles, writer Joseph Mitchell tried to answer one question: Who was Joe Gould?<p>Mitchell first introduced Gould in 1942: He was a quirky, possibly mentally ill Harvard dropout who wandered the streets of Greenwich Village and Harlem filling pages and pages of …

Books

What are the best illustrated non-fiction books for children?

We want to build up the stock of attractive, illustrated books which also contain a lot of information as part of our book collection as the children still seem to enjoy finding things out from books as much as from the internet<p>Illustrated non-fiction can provide children with some of the best ways …

Drawing

Women writers dominate Nebula awards

This weekend’s prestigious Nebula awards for science fiction and fantasy were dominated by female winners, with Naomi Novik’s story of a forest filled with a dark magic, Uprooted, taking the top award, for best novel.<p>Last month, a series of controversial shortlists for the Hugo awards were …

Awards

Bookslut was born in an era of internet freedom. Today's web has killed it

I miss the internet. I know that, technically, the internet still exists. It’s the Facebook-, Twitter-filtered series of algorithms designed to put cat videos, think pieces, and advertisements in front of you. But I get nostalgic for the days before money invaded the internet – the early 2000s, in …

Books

Martin Luther King, Jr. - In His Own Words

<i>In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday today…</i><p>Watch these brief clips of Dr. King speaking, which show a much fuller picture than the …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Week in Fiction: Lauren Groff on the Cult of Motherhood

Y<i>our story in this week’s issue, “The Midnight Zone,” is about a spring-break vacation that goes</i> <i>wrong. How did you come up with the setting—an old hunting cabin in Florida?</i><p>A friend of ours owns part of a hunting cabin in the Florida backcountry. About a year ago, he told us that the motion-sensor …

Motherhood

We've Lost the Modern Meaning of Glory

My wife and I drove south out of Flagstaff, talking, perhaps, about our jobs. We felt far from those things we wanted to do in the world.<p>Deep snow …

Old Testament

Ursula K. Le Guin on Power, Oppression, Freedom, and How Imaginative Storytelling Expands Our Scope of the Possible

“We will not know our own injustice if we cannot imagine justice. We will not be free if we do not imagine freedom. We cannot demand that anyone try to attain justice and freedom who has not had a chance to imagine them as attainable.”<p><i>“We must always take sides,”</i> Elie Wiesel urged in his …

Storytelling

Zero K by Don DeLillo – profound and beautiful

Don DeLillo’s late period work, which we can date from 2001’s <i>The Body Artist</i>, has been marked by novels that are slim, stark, conceptual, and that seem designed to provide as few of the traditional satisfactions of the form as possible. Endings are left untied, characters nameless and …

Convergence

Sideways author: 'I was ready to shoot myself – then I found pinot noir'

In 1998, my life was in the proverbial Dixie dumpster. I was living in Santa Monica in a rent-controlled house. I was dead broke. My indie feature film career had been poleaxed. My wife, who produced and acted in those films, and I had parted company. My mother had suffered a massive stroke. A …

Books

Melvin Burgess: 'Junk is the book I wish I had when I was 15'

When it was published 20 years ago, Junk was a long shot. Teenage fiction at the time was really aimed at 11 and 12-year-olds. Maybe the occasional 14-year-old might read down to it, but no one seriously thought that 15 or 16-year-olds would read it. I remember some librarians saying that they …

Books

13 of the best, highest-paying healthcare companies in America

It might not be hard to find a high-paying job in healthcare — the industry dominates lists of best-paying careers — but finding a healthcare company that pays well <i>and</i> emphasizes employees' happiness is a tall order.<p>Business Insider teamed up with PayScale, a compensation software and data company, …

Health Care

Restaurant Patron Complains to Health Dept. About Who’s Making the Food—The Reason Why is Despicable

Many might say that Andrew Ankar’s smiling face is their favorite thing about Ankar’s Hoagies in Chattanooga, Tennessee.Since graduating from high …

Restaurants

The Greatest Poet Alive

The feral genius of Australia’s Les Murray<p>If you’re a certain kind of reader, with a certain kind of brain, you’re always on the lookout for the poem that will save your life. Existence heaps itself upon you; your tongue thickens and your thoughts get cluttered. But you keep a muddy eye trained on …

AC/DC

Margaret Cavendish, the long-ignored godmother of science fiction, gets her due in Margaret the First

Margaret Cavendish, the 17th-century poet, philosopher, godmother of science fiction, and one of the first tabloid celebrities, is the subject of …

Women in Science

The 10 Russian Literary Heroines You Should Know

The recent screening of BBC’s <i>War and Peace</i> has inspired many a TV viewer to dust off their old copy of Tolstoy’s masterpiece and give it another go. …

Literature

Noir Is Protest Literature: That’s Why It’s Having a Renaissance

Noir is everywhere these days. The kind of hard-hearted crime stories that arose in pulp magazines and Hollywood films of the mid-20th century are …

Literature

The Power Of Conformity

A reader writes:Watching my Facebook feed over the past several years, I’ve come to understand what bin Laden meant when he said people naturally …

Conservative News

What Makes an Essay American

About a month ago, on a trip to Dallas, Texas, I had dinner with a young d.j. whose renown as a producer and engineer is steadily growing. We talked about life and music and art and money, and how he’d arrived at this juncture in his still-short career. Out of the blue, he asked me what I thought …

Essays

Edna O’Brien: 'Is literature a dying animal?'

I read in a quiet corner of the room, sitting in a porter’s chair, reminiscent of gatekeepers’ chairs of long ago, fenced in by wide protruding wings. I read slowly, repeating the words out loud, since sound and rhythm are an intrinsic part of the creativity. Quite quickly I can tell if a work is, …

Literature

Author Rob Bell Talks About Christian Progressivism, Spreading Grace, And The ‘Real’ Jesus

In 2006, I was a freshman at Lee University, an evangelical Christian school in Cleveland. At the time, I was your typical conservative, evangelical Christian. The brand of Christianity I followed was the brand with which I’d been raised: Pentecostal, fundamentalist, literalist, charismatic, …

Christianity

Notes from the Spectrum, Part IV: Q & A

<i>If you’re new to the Notes from the Spectrum series, check out:</i><p>I made a new friend on Twitter, a pastor in Boise. He recently concluded that not …

Autism

‘Men in Literature’ course cancelled for ignoring women

Springfield College recently cancelled a “Men in Literature” course on the grounds that its inordinate emphasis on one gender creates a “hostile …

Gender

Writing poetry for strangers (Column)

Life is more interesting when you talk to strangers.<p>Better yet is the chance to write for them.<p>That's exactly what Jeremy M. Brownlowe, 31, does …

Writing