Ross Gale

5 Magazines | 8,330 Articles | 13,838 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

The hidden reason Republicans are so eager to repeal Obamacare

There is one fact that is both central to the debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act yet strangely absent from explicit discussion about it. One of the main ways the ACA makes health insurance affordable is by providing families earning less than 400 percent of the poverty line (i.e., less …

Health

Barack Obama — Reader-in-Chief

With our current President — a scholar, a sophisticate, a man of letters; in short our most literary leader in recent times — set to leave the White …

Literature

Why artists’ and writers’ inauguration protests are important

There’s been no shortage of protests in the face of an impending Donald Trump presidency, and some of the loudest have come from performers, entertainers, artists, and writers — many of whom are prominent in their fields.<p>But though everyone wants to make a statement, no singular agreed-upon tactic …

Inauguration Day

Maybe Teaching Special Ed Doesn't Have To Be So Hard

This time last year, Stephanie Johnson was miserable.<p>She was in her third year teaching special education at a junior high school in Lindon, Utah, about 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City.<p>On the outside it looked like she was doing great. Her classes ran smoothly, students loved her, parents loved …

Education

The Truth of Scorsese's Faithless Characters

<b>Sign up for the CT Entertainment Newsletter</b><p>You’re reading Viewer Discussion Advised, a weekly viewing club hosted by film critic Jeffrey Overstreet, …

The Lord of the Rings

Senate Takes Major Step Toward Repealing Health Care Law

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans took their first major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, approving a budget blueprint that would allow them to gut the health care law without the threat of a Democratic filibuster.<p>The vote was 51 to 48. During the roll call, Democrats staged …

Health

Andrew Garfield played a Jesuit in Silence, but he didn't expect to fall in love with Jesus.

People make the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola for a variety of reasons. Preparing to play a featured role in a Martin Scorsese film is …

Spirituality

St. Augustine’s concubine speaks

A new novel called "The Confessions of X" posits the life of the woman Augustine deeply loved<p>In his <i>Confessions</i>, Augustine of Hippo — one of the most …

Religion

Read the full transcript of President Obama's farewell speech

Here is an unedited transcript of President Obama’s prepared remarks during his farewell address in Chicago, as provided by the White House.<p>It’s good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we’ve received over the past few weeks. But tonight it’s …

Democracy

Why language is not everything that Noam Chomsky said it is – Daniel Everett

Few scientific disagreements lead to public controversy. But there are times when the subject or the participants in a debate so capture the public …

Language

From Culture War to Culture Care

The Road Behind Us<br>Image’s Founding Generation<p><i>When</i> Image <i>was founded in 1989, the cultural landscape looked different than it does today. Religious</i> …

Art

A Writing Life Without Lies

<i>In this third episode of Swarm and Spark, a new literary column at</i> The Millions <i>written by an anonymous NYC editor and an MFA professor with the goal</i> …

Publishing

Paris Review - Annie Proulx, The Art of Fiction No. 199

Interviewed by Christopher Cox<p>Issue 188, Spring 2009<p>Annie Proulx in 2008.<p>"It isn’t easy to get here,” Annie Proulx e-mailed from Bird Cloud, her six-hundred-forty-acre Wyoming ranch. In case that was too subtle a warning, she added, “I loathe interviews and getting me to sit still for a whole day …

Storytelling

Resolved to write more in 2017? We have advice for you.

2017 has just begun, which means it's time to make (and stick to) your resolutions.<p>If one of your resolutions is to write more, maybe finish that novel you've always meant to write, you're not alone. And Mashreads has your back. We went to not one, but two of YA's best authors: David Levithan and …

Writing

Poet: I can’t answer questions on Texas standardized tests about my own poems

Badly worded or poorly conceived questions on standardized tests are not uncommon (remember the question about a “talking pineapple” on a New York test in 2012?). But here’s something new: The author of source material on two Texas standardized tests says she can’t actually answer the questions …

Education

Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love by Emily Witt – digested read

A woman wearing a panda head was live-streaming sex acts. ‘Have you read Andrea Dworkin?’ I asked. ‘No,’ she replied<p>I was single, straight and female. When I turned 30, I imagined my sex life ending in a terminus of monogamy. Then I split up with someone I had been in love with for two years and – …

Google

Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams and More Are the Best Performances of the Year

To play a 17th-century Jesuit priest in Martin Scorcese's <i>Silence</i>, Andrew Garfield spent an entire year meditating on the idea of religion, materialism and spirituality. "The majority of the process was praying," he explained, "I had a year to get ready to go and shoot, and I prayed for a year." …

Emma Stone

The Murakami Effect

<i>The following essay originally appeared in Vol. 37, No. 4 of NER.</i><p>Translation is a kind of traffic, in nearly every sense of the word. There’s the …

Translation

Faced with current reality, how can fiction compete?

A novelist who created a character like Donald Trump would rightly be slammed by critics<p>Ordinarily, everyday life is grist to the narrative mill. Yet on a sufficiently eclipsing scale, reality is the enemy of fiction. When the truth grows outlandish, invention appears superfluous. Much like 9/11, …

Republican Party

Obama and his anger translator, Luther,...

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Barack Obama supports repealing Obamacare—on one condition.

In an interview Friday morning with Ezra Klein and Sarah Kliff of Vox, the president had a punchy and provocative message for President-elect Donald …

Politics

Simone Weil on Attention and Grace

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”<p><i>“Attention without feeling,”</i> Mary Oliver wrote in her beautiful elegy for her soul mate, <i>“is only a report.”</i> To fully feel life course through us, indeed, we ought to befriend our own attention, that “intentional, unapologetic …

Culture

Listening to Silence

I arrived at the advanced screening for Martin Scorsese’s new film, <i>Silence</i>, in the worst possible frame of mind. For one thing, I was running late …

Martin Scorsese

Religious but Not Spiritual

FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS I’ve been saving up the fiction of Anthony Trollope as a sort of mid-life treat. At least I hoped it would be a treat. Trollope …

Religion

Republicans offer no plan to repeal Obamacare as more party members express concern

After demanding for six years that the Affordable Care Act be gutted, Republican leaders refused Wednesday to outline concrete steps to repeal and replace it, even as members of their party voiced growing reservations about rolling the law back without a viable alternative.<p>Neither President-elect …

Politics

Republicans call Obamacare a 'failure.' These 7 charts show they couldn't be more wrong

Congressional Republicans, evidently hoping that by repeating an untruth they’ll convince American voters, and perhaps themselves, that it’s a truth, on Wednesday said the Affordable Care Act has “failed.”<p>The undistilled version of this view came from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who emerged …

ObamaCare

‘Sherlock’ Co-Creator Mark Gatiss Responded To A Critic’s Negative Review With… A Poem?

<b>MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW</b><p>During the final moments of <i>Sherlock</i>‘s series four premiere on Sunday, “The Six Thatchers” literally interpreted something Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories had always alluded to — but never quite said. That is to say, they killed off Mary Watson (Amanda Abbington) during Sherlock …

Mark Gatiss

Books Just for Grownups!

We should stop distinguishing between 'creative' and other forms of writing (essay)

To many people, if not most, the phrase “creative writing” marks a genre. A man writes in a garret, his pages lit by the faint glow of a lamp. Ideas …

Creativity

Lit Mag Submissions 101: How, When, and Where to Send Your Work

Everything you need to know about getting your work published<p><i>This article was written in partnership with the Authors Guild for their Writers’</i> …

Publishing