Ross Gale

5 Magazines | 8,276 Articles | 13,715 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

Words act like wild animals: “We don’t understand that no language could ever sit still”

Salon speaks with Columbia University linguist John McWhorter about his lively new book "Words on the Move"<p>Why does language change? Why do we get so upset when it does? And is there any way to stop it? These are some of the questions linguist John McWhorter tackles in his fascinating new book …

Vocabulary

Don’t Worry. Don’t Wait. Write.

You’re busy. I’m busy. We’re all overwhelmed, stressed, and frustrated — and in this hurricane of life, our writing is often put last. The danger of …

Writing

Verse goes viral: how young feminist writers are reclaiming poetry for the digital age

Fusing writing, music, art and technology, a new generation is taking poetry beyond the bookstore<p>If you’re not an Instagrammer you may never have heard of Rupi Kaur. In fact, if you’re not a young female Instagrammer, then your chances are probably even slimmer.<p>And yet, with almost 750,000 …

Poetry

20 Reasons Why You Should Read Literary Magazines

1. The writers you will love tomorrow are being published there today.<p>2. Some reach old age, like <i>The Sewanee Review</i> and <i>Poetry</i>. Others, like <b>Ralph</b> …

Literature

Hell of a film-maker: the directors who make Clint Eastwood look soft

Tom Hanks said Eastwood was ‘intimidating as hell’ on the set of Sully and treated his actors ‘like horses’. He clearly hasn’t worked with these directorial terrors<p>In his acting heyday, Clint Eastwood was a taciturn maestro of understatement. In his Man With No Name or Dirty Harry periods, one …

Clint Eastwood

Why does Pope Francis want us to watch the movie “Babette’s Feast”?

The Holy Father's favorite film challenges us to look outside of ourselves and to see the beauty of God’s joy and mercy.<p>In a recent interview Pope …

Religion

The Passion of Martin Scorsese

A man was on a train in Japan, reading a novel set in Japan. The train slid past the mountains, bound for Kyoto, where the man, bearded, bright-eyed, was headed. The year was 1989. The train was a bullet train.<p>The man on the train was in a quandary, and the man in the novel he was reading was in a …

Andrew Garfield

James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room: an antidote to shame

Garth Greenwell first took solace from James Baldwin’s Paris novel Giovanni’s Room as a teenager. Sixty years after it was published, the prize-winning author acknowledges his debt to a classic of gay literature<p>I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I first discovered <i>Giovanni’s Room</i>, but I was …

Literature

Donald Trump has roused the poets to stinging verse

Hercules inspired poems. Ajax too. Walt Whitman celebrated himself, Shakespeare compared thee to a summer’s day, and T.S. Eliot knew that April was the cruelest month. But poets in our discomfiting age are riffing on President-elect Donald Trump, a man whose tax breaks and Twitter feeds contain …

Poetry

‘None of the old rules apply’: Dave Eggers travels through post-election America

From dazed election night revellers in Washington DC to a gay Trump voter in Detroit to kids in Kentucky ... The US writer gauges the mood of a divided nation<p>The word surreal is overused and often wrongly used, but in the case of the Washington Post Election Night Live party, the word was apt. …

Politics

Read wonderfully horrible excerpts from 'Bad Sex in Fiction Award' nominees

LONDON — Panting, pounding, thrusting, bobbing, bouncing, gurgling, knocking, wiggling — are you uncomfortable yet?<p>Because there's plenty of that and worse waiting for you in the pages from this year's nominees for the Bad Sex in Fiction Award.<p>The UK-based <i>Literature Review</i>'s annual prize seeks to …

Literature

Iraqi students want to get rid of the 'language of violence' cultivated by ISIS

"One bullet plus two bullets equals how many bullets?"<p>These were the kinds of questions teachers were forced to ask Iraqi students in math class during the militant group known as the Islamic State’s two-year reign of terror in the northern town of Qayyara.<p>Militants from the self-declared caliphate …

Language

There is More to See: A Letter from Gregory Wolfe

Dear friends,<p>We are entering a season of thanksgiving, and soon we’ll begin a season of reflection as we prepare to celebrate a remarkable birth that …

How Do You Write?

Do you write with a pen?<p>Do you write with the wind?<p>Do you pray first? Do you pray when you are stuck? Do you pray after? Or are you praying the whole …

Poetry

Poetry Friday: “Plowboy’s Bible”

<i>When I read Austin Segrest’s “Plowboy’s Bible,” I began to realize that the entire poem was made up of nothing more than a series of phrases. The</i> …

Poetry

'Arrival' Author's Approach To Science Fiction? Slow, Steady And Successful

"I'll never be able to speak their words!"<p>That cry of frustration comes from linguistics professor Louise Banks in the new movie <i>Arrival</i>. Banks, played by Amy Adams, is confronted with a hard jolt of reality in a fantastic situation: Aliens have arrived from outer space and we have no idea how to …

Popular Fiction

'You Will Not Have My Hate' Author On Losing His Wife In Paris Terror Attacks

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Antoine Leiris, author of the new book, <i>You Will Not Have My Hate</i>, about the Paris terrorist attacks in November 2015.<p>Transcript<p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:<p>About a year ago, Antoine Leiris was sitting at home, reading a novel. Then he started getting text messages from friends. Is …

Authors

Children of God?

Critics have often described Cormac McCarthy as a writer beyond good and evil: his characters may appeal to moral ideas, they concede, but McCarthy …

Meteor Showers

A tale of two Infernos: what Werner Herzog gets that Dan Brown misses

It’s not your imagination, and you’re not seeing double: There really are two movies out this weekend with the word "inferno" in the title.<p>One of them, <i>Inferno</i>, is the third film in the <i>Da Vinci Code</i> series, based on the novel by Dan Brown, directed by Ron Howard, and starring Tom Hanks. The other,</i> …

The Debate About Beauty

I’ve been engaged in an ongoing wrangle with Gregory Wolfe about the status of Christian intellectuals in the public sphere. We got a bit stuck on …

Bob Dylan and a noble refusal of the Nobel prize for literature

The history of Jean-Paul Sartre’s refusal of the 1964 Nobel prize for literature (Silence broken on Dylan’s Nobel – after five days, 21 October) is complicated. Sartre did in fact get wind of his imminent Nobelling from an article in <i>Le Figaro littéraire</i> shortly before the Swedish Academy was to …

Man Booker prize 2016: the fine line between fiction and literature

The strongest shortlist in years heralds the next generation of great writers. This week’s winner will need to be more than just a good read<p>On 25 October, the Guildhall should witness one of contemporary English-language fiction’s good nights. The shortlist for the 2016 Man Booker prize is among …

Literature

Apple, Samsung, and Good Design—Inside and Out

Apple’s design prowess, long celebrated—even venerated—has taken some nasty hits since the release of the iPhone 7. Technology watchers have been dismissive. “Apple has squandered its once-commanding lead in hardware and software design,” Farhad Manjoo, of the New York <i>Times</i>, wrote. He added, “As …

Design

Interview: N. T. Wright: The Church Continues the Revolution Jesus Started

In his new book, Wright explains that Jesus' death does more than just get us into heaven. A foundational Christian belief is that Jesus Christ died …

Christianity

Ketchup and the third-party problem

Sir Kensington's Ketchup is better ketchup. Most adults who try it agree that it's more delicious, a better choice. Alas, Heinz has a host of …

John Kerry

Hopkins Agonistes

Toward the end of his life, Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89) suffered several long bouts of depression. His “dark sonnets” record these episodes with …

Judges throws out charges against journalist who covered Dakota Access Pipeline

Amy Goodman<p>A North Dakota judge on Monday dismissed the criminal charges that had been filed against a journalist over her reporting on a …

Journalism

Exchanging letters with people in hell

My state has the same number of churches as prisoners. This fact haunts me.read more

Mark Haddon joins John Le Carré and Ian Rankin in the fight against Amazon

The authors are standing up against the online retailer to support bricks-and-mortar shops – and rewarding readers with extra content<p>If you would like to see the illustrated version of Mark Haddon’s collection of short stories, The Pier Falls, step away from the Add-to-Basket button and head to …

We Need to Talk About Kevin (Smith)

Writer/Filmmaker Brandon Terrell and Novelist Bryan Bliss watched Kevin Smith’s latest movie <i>Yoga Hosers</i> and then sat down to talk about what it means …