Ross Gale

5 Magazines | 8,114 Articles | 13,340 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

Why Jorge Luis Borges matters 30 years after his death

<b>They say he was one of the best writers of the last century but Jorge Luis Borges never won the Nobel prize for literature.</b><p>He was famous for mixing …

Jorge Luis Borges

The EpiPen, a Case Study in Health Care System Dysfunction

Three times in the last two weeks, people — a patient, a colleague and my wife — told me stories about how out of control the price of EpiPens were. Monday, my New York Times colleagues recounted in detail how expensive the devices have become in recent years. All tell the tale of how much even …

Medicine

Special Books by Special Kids - Timeline

Two Peas in a Pod<p>Posted by Special Books by Special Kids<p>174,188 Views<p>Brothers and Buddies<p>Posted by Special Books by Special Kids<p>20,275,167 Views<p>Love …

10 Lessons that Crossover from the Workplace to Raising a Child with Special Needs

One of my mentors early in my real estate career used to say “<i>we don’t take ourselves seriously, but we take our business very seriously</i>”. I really …

Rich season of fiction expected this fall

NEW YORK (AP) — For the weightiest novel this fall, or most any season, Alan Moore has the grandest ambition.<p>"The intention was to somehow combine four or five different books or impulses for books into one coherent whole," the author known for the graphic novels "Watchmen" and "V for Vendetta" …

Popular Fiction

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Miami cops who killed mentally ill man | VICE News

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit on Friday against two Miami police officers who shot and killed a mentally ill black man last year.<p>The lawsuit, filed by the family of 25-year-old Lavall Hall, contended that the officers needlessly resorted to gunfire when they attempted to subdue Hall, who had …

Mental disorders

A Year Without Oliver Sacks

A year ago, I lost my best friend, Oliver Sacks. For many years, each week, Oliver and I would cruise north on the West Side bike path at sunrise. Alone, our bicycles a few inches apart, we spoke about everything and anything, but mostly about interesting patients, natural history, and food. His …

Oliver Sacks

The Old, American Horror Behind “Stranger Things”

Last month brought sad news in the ongoing story of the passage of time: Funai, a Japanese electronics firm, announced the shutdown of the world’s only remaining VCR production line. For those of us on the threshold of middle age, this was a cruel blow. The VCR was our smartphone; it gave rhythm …

Occult

3 times a special needs child did the perfect thing, and they had no idea what I was going through

Throughout the three short years I’ve had of working with elementary special needs children, there have been several encounters that brought me to …

Chronic illness

Complaint: Portland district discriminated against gifted students with disabilities

In a complaint filed with Portland Public Schools, three families say district officials illegally relied on their children's disabilities when …

Portland, OR

All the US presidents' reading lists

Barack Obama revealed his annual holiday reading list this week, at last solving the mystery of who is the one remaining person on earth who still hasn’t read <i>The Girl on the Train</i>. Along with Paula Hawkins’ novel, he is taking Helen Macdonald’s memoir <i>H Is for Hawk</i>; the Pulitzer prize-winning book …

Republicans

This Is What's Missing From Journalism Right Now

This June, we published a big story—Shane Bauer's account of his four-month stint as a guard in a private prison. That's "big," as in XXL: 35,000 …

Journalism

The Good News at the Washington Post, Trump’s Least-Favorite Paper

<i>Good News at the</i><p>Washington <i>Post</i><p>Inside the paper Jeff Bezos bought<br>–&–<br>Donald Trump banned.<p>Photograph by Christopher Payne<p>One of the first things you …

Journalism

The shadowy war on the press: How the rich silence journalists

Image: János Csongor Kerekes (Flickr Creative Commons), cropped from original<p><b>When Gawker Media was sentenced</b> to pay Hulk Hogan $140 million in …

Public Relations

The Meaning of Studio Ghibli's 'Spirited Away', the Best Animated Film of All Time

There's a quote on Tumblr somewhere that says "Disney movies touch the heart but Studio Ghibli films touch the soul." As sentimental as that is, it's also astute. It's surely part of the reason that anime fans across the world will testify that Hayao Miyazaki's <i>Spirited Away</i> is the best animation …

Anime

Now we know the real reason Aetna bailed on Obamacare

On Monday night news broke that one of the five largest insurers in the US, Aetna, was leaving 70% of the counties in which it offers insurance through Obamacare's public exchanges.<p>The move was seen as a huge blow to the future of the Affordable Care Act, making Aetna the third large insurer — …

Affordable Care Act

Sister act: female friendship in fiction from Woolf to Ferrante and Zadie Smith

In 1926, the novelist Rose Macaulay found herself bothered by the attentions of enthusiastic readers, and one in particular who visited, bringing lilies of the valley. When Macaulay went out to lunch to try to get rid of her she simply tagged along. “Writing books is a terrible magnet for such as …

Zadie Smith

Health Insurers Use Process Intended to Curb Rate Increases to Justify Them

WASHINGTON — After the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2010, it created a review mechanism intended to prevent exorbitant increases in health insurance rates by shaming companies that sought them.<p>But this summer, insurers are turning that process on its head, using it to highlight the reasons …

Insurance

Celebrity Chefs Turn Wasted Olympics Food Into Meals for Homeless

RIO DE JANEIRO — Consider what it takes to keep all those Olympian machines nourished and hydrated for one meal at the Rio Games: 250 tons of raw ingredients to fill the bellies of 18,000 athletes, coaches and officials in the Olympic Village.<p>Now multiply that figure by three — for breakfast, lunch …

Olympics

Dad’s Big Idea Helps Nonverbal Daughter in a Way No Other App Could

Rob Laffan wanted nothing more than to help his daughter Sadie communicate her needs. Sadie, who’s on the autism spectrum, is nonverbal and would …

Daring to Do the Good: The Knight and the Theologian

WRITING FROM HIS SMALL CELL in a German prison, the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer advised his family and friends to read the lengthy novel <i>Witiko</i> by …

Tim Cook, the interview: Running Apple ‘is sort of a lonely job’

On a sleek white coffee table in Apple CEO Tim Cook’s fourth-floor office in late July, beneath framed posters of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson, a rose-gold iPhone 6s sits in its original box. Earlier that morning, Cook had stood in front of employees at …

Tim Cook

Dirty Life and Times: The Past, Present and Future of Working

Dirty Life and Times: The Past, Present and Future of Working-Class Literature<p><i>by Adam Fleming Petty</i><p>Some of the most impassioned conversation in the …

Literature

HG Wells’s prescient visions of the future remain unsurpassed

At some point in the 1980s, mainstream culture gave up on the future. Now, all we get are dystopias, environmental catastrophes or zombie apocalypses. In Cormac McCarthy’s <i>The Road</i> or Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore’s <i>The Walking Dead</i>, there is no need even to explain the reason for civilisation’s …

The Future

Is God Transgender?

In the 1970s a cousin of mine, Paula Grossman, became one of the first people in America to undergo sex-reassignment surgery. As Paul Monroe Grossman, Cousin Paula had been a beloved music teacher in New Jersey. She was fired after her surgery, and she subsequently lost her lawsuit for wrongful …

God

What became of the Christian intellectuals?

As I write these words, American pundits and political junkies are struggling to come to terms with some curious, even alarming, developments. Donald …

World History

INFOGRAPHIC

INFOGRAPHIC: Words You Didn’t Realize Come From Books<p>Did you know that “tween” comes from The Hobbit or that “cyberspace” first appeared in a 80s …

William Gibson

Man Missing Most Of His Brain Challenges Everything We Thought We Knew About Consciousness

Back in 2007, scientists reported that a French man in his mid-40s had walked into a clinic complaining of a pain in his leg. As a child, he’d had …

Consciousness

The Displaced Person

Reading Flannery O’Connor in the age of Islamophobia.<p>At a little more than fifty pages, “The Displaced Person” is one of Flannery O’Connor’s least anthologized stories—and if you share her beliefs about what she called “topical” stories, it’s also one of the most problematic. O’Connor was wary of …