Ross Gale

5 Magazines | 7,703 Articles | 11,977 Followers | 3 Likes | @rossgale | Ross is a writer and editor living in Arizona. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. @rossgale

8 things I learned in 7 years writing for The Next Web

Today is my final day writing for The Next Web before I embark on something new. Late May will mark seven years since my first ever article was published. It was about the launch of Google Wave, and thankfully my career here outlived that once hotly-anticipated piece of technology.<p>I’ve learned a …

Journalism

How to end a movie

How to end a movie <p>Using 12 Angry Men, Psycho, The Godfather, and Gone Girl as examples, this video shows several different ways to end a movie. And …

How-To's

Why Do Rich Kids Do Better Than Poor Kids in School?

Why do rich kids end up doing better than poor kids in school? Of late, one common explanation for this has been the “word gap,” or the idea that …

More Machine Than Man, an Electric Umpire’s Call of the Future

One day in March 1950, a batting cage at the Brooklyn Dodgers’ spring training camp in Vero Beach, Fla., became the setting for an event that looked as if it came out of the future: strikes being called not by a man in a mask, peaked cap and chest protector, but by a machine.<p>“This was really …

MIT

David Litt on writing 'edgy for a President' jokes

The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner is tomorrow night. The black tie affair invites Washington's political elite rub shoulders with the …

An oral history of The Wire is coming in book form

Jonathan Abrams will pen the book<p>During his time at ESPN’s now-defunct Grantland, Jonathan Abrams authored definitive oral histories on sporting events as iconic as the 2005 Pacers/Pistons brawl. Then, in March, he released his first book, <i>Boys Among Men,</i> a thorough account of the generation of …

David Simon

Students ‘Break Bad’ to Build Good Writing Skills

04 - 29<p>2016<p>Freshman computer science and Spanish major Thomas Wingate discussing casting and writing with classmates in Columbus State University’s …

Should cursive writing in schools be mandatory? La. Senate thinks so

A proposal requiring cursive writing exercises in all Louisiana public schools, Senate Bill 275 — was unanimously passed by the Louisiana Senate …

What Makes a Good Poem?

I made a short post earlier about how I felt giving advice on poetry. Long story short, I don’t like it. Poetry is too much of an art, and too much …

Improving Dialogue: Eliminate Exposition

Weak writing is unbelievable writing, and for too many writers, that weakness falls in dialogue. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks to make …

The Open Refrigerator

A few decades ago I was sitting in a college seminar room listening to the professor discourse quite penetratingly on <b>Thomas Mann’s</b> monumental and …

Great Books

Learn You Have Alzheimer’s, Then Invite a Reporter to Tail You? Really?

The disease crouches everywhere, but I didn’t have much interest in writing about it. After all, Alzheimer’s was famous. Everyone knew its brute outlines, knew how drip by drip it transformed someone into someone else.<p>Look around and there it was. Your mom had it. Or your dad. Your grandparent. …

Dementia

'Zero K' Freezes At The Edge Of Immortality

Death is the great leveler. All of us — kings, peasants, beggars and billionaires, saints and gnats will all die. It's the one certainty we share, even if we differ on the fine points of what happens thereafter.<p>But what if someone set out to circumvent death by having themselves essentially …

Immortality

Health care has a cavity: There’s no good reason our teeth aren’t covered

We can't keep pretending dental work is cosmetic. Poor oral hygiene can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke<p>When we talk about the successes and shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – and health care in the U.S. in general – little attention is given to dental care.<p>While the ACA …

10 independent bookshops you should visit worldwide: our readers recommend

Wherever you are in the world, visiting a bookshop is always a treat – but with their numbers dwindling, independent stores that offer something unique are increasingly becoming a destination in themselves. Last year we rounded up some of the world’s most weird and wonderful bookshops – from a …

Song Of My Self-Help: Follow Walt Whitman's 'Manly Health' Tips (Or Maybe Don't)

Eat lean meat. Bathe regularly. Wear comfortable shoes. Those are three pieces of self-help advice from an unlikely source — 19th-century poet and essayist Walt Whitman.<p>They come from a series of advice columns titled "Manly Health and Training" which Whitman — better known for <i>Leaves of Grass</i> and …

Health

Walt Whitman revealed as author of 'Manly Health' guide

A long-lost book-length guide to “manly health” by Walt Whitman, in which the great American poet tackles everything from virility to “care of the feet” and the attainment of a “nobler physique”, has been rediscovered by a scholar, more than 150 years after it was first published under a …

Walt Whitman

Country files: nature writers on the books that inspired them

<b>Helen Macdonald</b><b><br>The Goshawk by</b> TH White <b>(1951)</b><p>TH White’s tragic and beautiful memoir of his attempts to train a young goshawk in 1936 is a story that works in counterpoint to my own in <i>H Is for Hawk</i>, and it still tugs at my heart. It wasn’t just a literary inspiration. Deep down it fuelled my own …

Nature

Creativity Thrives In The Mind Of A Psychopath

Psychopaths are sprinkled throughout pop culture, acting as some of our favorite villains in movies and television. There are certainly enough …

States' expansion of Medicaid tied to better care for low-income adults

(Reuters Health) - Low-income adults in the U.S. likely benefited if their states expanded Medicaid in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, suggests a new study.<p>Researchers found increased rates of insurance coverage, healthcare use and chronic disease diagnoses among low-income adults in states …

Medicaid

State pays millions to bar Medicaid from Planned Parenthood

Missouri lawmakers passed a budget last week that spends millions in state money to block Planned Parenthood from accessing federal funding.<p>The plan puts Missouri alongside at least a dozen other states in a national effort to strip public money from the country's largest abortion provider. The …

Planned Parenthood

Feds Act To Help More Ex-Inmates Get Medicaid

Administration officials moved Thursday to improve low Medicaid enrollment for emerging prisoners, urging states to start signups before release and expanding eligibility to thousands of former inmates in halfway houses near the end of their sentences.<p>Health coverage for ex-inmates "is critical to …

Health Insurance

CMS tightens rules for Medicaid managed care plans

The Obama administration tightened rules Monday for private insurance plans that administer most Medicaid benefits for the poor, limiting profits, …

Health Insurance

In Sex With Shakespeare, Jillian Keenan Reckons With Love and Pain in Literature and Life

On the Sunday in 2012 that Jillian Keenan, then 25, published a remarkably frank <i>New York Times</i> “Modern Love” essay about her lifelong struggle to accept her spanking fetish, she had never before had a national byline. Her piece, written as an act of coming-out to her fiancé and partner of six …

Literature

A rare interview with Don DeLillo, one of the titans of American fiction

If you want to reach Don DeLillo, don't try to email him; he doesn't email. His preferred method of business communication is via fax. He still writes his novels on a typewriter.<p>That technological reticence notwithstanding, DeLillo is one of the titans of American fiction. The 79-year-old DeLillo …

Writing

From Amazon To Google Books: How The Internet Is Changing How We Read

Last week the US Supreme Court sided with Google’s mass book digitization program in ruling that the company’s mass digitization of in-copyright books for limited keyword search represents a transformative use case and thus is legal under US copyright law. Underscoring this ruling is just how much …

Amazon

Puma Created A Robot As Fast As Usain Bolt To Make Athletes Better

The Beatbot is a programmable, self-driving robot that aims to motivate runners more than a stopwatch.<p>The world is awash in fitness apps and trackers. Nike Plus, Fitbit, Under Armour's Healthbox, and more—they're all based on the idea that tracking and monitoring your health and athletic …

Robots

How A Former Child Actor Became One Of Britain's Top Design Exports

Lee Broom's fiercely independent creative career stretches from the Royal Shakespeare Company to the studio of Vivienne Westwood.<p>Many people would be shy about approaching a celebrity for an autograph, but for Lee Broom it turned out to be one of those made-for-Hollywood moments. When he was 17, …

Vivienne Westwood

A New App Lets Kids Design Their Own Games

Infinite Arcade is the latest app from Brooklyn-based TinyBop that is designed to create inclusive digital experiences for kids.<p>For all their aesthetic virtuosity, kids' gaming apps can actually be pretty limiting. Whereas analog toys forced kids to use their imagination, high-tech games with …

Design

The Mass-Market Edition of To Kill a Mockingbird Is Dead

On Monday, February 29, a judge in Monroe County, Alabama sealed Harper Lee’s will from public view. The motion was filed by the Birmingham law firm …

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