Ross Gale

5 Magazines | 8,055 Articles | 13,212 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

Hundreds of Volunteers Show Up to Adaptive Surfing Event in New York

<b>When Jesse Billauer was 17, he broke his neck while surfing and became a quadriplegic.</b> You’ve heard of him–he’s one of surfing’s most inspiring …

Outdoors

The Writer as Madman and Mystic

I spend a lot of time reading what other writers say about writing. It's an excellent way to procrastinate from actually writing. In reading the …

Writing

Mystery and Manners: On Teaching Flannery O’Connor

<b>1.</b> <br>Flannery O’Connor earned her undergraduate degree in social sciences at Georgia State College for Women, a teachers’ college. O’Connor considered …

Literature

Flannery’s Farm

<i>Andalusia and the ache of identity.</i><p>You can judge how far outside of Atlanta you are by the gasoline prices. My parents kept calling them out every few minutes as we drove from their house toward Milledgeville, to the farm where Flannery O’Connor once lived. Gas that was $2.26 in town became $2.11 …

Flannery O'Connor

Literary or Genre, It’s the Plot That Counts

We writers like to talk about elements of craft. Character, theme, setting, voice, point of view, language. But I seldom hear fellow writers talking …

Literature

Anatomy of a Discovery

Anatomy of a Discovery: How a Literary Magazine Editor Finds New Writers<p><i>by John Freeman</i><p>I sometimes hear publishing new writers talked about as if it …

Books

The subtle art of translating foreign fiction

Last year, I decided to treat myself to a new copy of <i>Bonjour Tristesse</i> by Françoise Sagan, a novel I have loved ever since I first read it as a teenager, and whose dreamy opening line in its original translation from the French by Irene Ash – “A strange melancholy pervades me to which I hesitate to …

Writing

In Search of Lost Tweets

In Search of Lost Tweets: On Being a Writer on Twitter<p>At the time of this writing, I have 1760 followers on Twitter. The other day, as I sat in a …

Writing

Graphic Novelist Marjorie Lui On How Rejection Shaped Her Writing

Author Marjorie Liu is nominated for two Eisners, the most prestigious awards in comics. She writes young adult fantasy books that cover topics that include war, women and steam punk gadgetry.

Writing

Francis Ford Coppola Reflects On His Film Career

<i>Note: In September, Francis Ford Coppola spoke to Cameron Bailey, the director of the</i> Toronto International Film Festival<i>, in front of a sold-out audience at TIFF's Bell Lightbox multiplex. During the discussion, Coppola also took questions from audience members about working with A-list actors,</i> …

Francis Ford Coppola

Why We Write

What is it about words that so moves those of us who are writers? We take the most common of media—language—and can’t resist caressing it, playing …

University of London

Video shows moments before North Miami Police shot unarmed man

NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) - A therapist who works with people with disabilities is telling his story after he said police shot him while he was trying …

Fort Lauderdale

Mallory Ortberg: 'Writing was by far the simplest part of the process'

Texts from Jane Eyre was the first book I ever wrote, or even tried to write, and when I found my agent, I rather assumed my part in the process was done. She had approached me about the project, so I assumed an editor would approach her in turn, and I would continue to attract publishing attention …

Writing

Don DeLillo: What I've Learned

Getty<p><b>Comic books were the only thing I read as a child.</b> I didn't come from a family of people who had a reading tradition, at least not in English. I …

Some Questions about Politics and the Imagination

Q WOULD YOU MIND if I asked you some questions the current political situation, given the upcoming presidential election and turmoil in Europe?<p>A. I …

Playwrights

When Will Helen DeWitt Be Recognized As One of the Great American Novelists?

Publishing<br>Can Break<br>Your Heart<p>A flood of bad luck has kept Helen DeWitt’s <i>The Last Samurai</i> out of print. Will a new edition finally cement her place as …

Writing

Heroes of the Frontier review – Dave Eggers finds utopia in Alaska

Richard Ford’s <i>Canada</i>– his best novel, I think – is about how the vast and empty space to the north of the United States acts upon that country’s collective imagination. It is about how, in order to comprehend itself, the US needs the endless rolling taiga and inhospitable ice above – a place of …

Dave Eggers

The Dark Side of American Soccer Culture

For the stunted American male, frust­rated with the changing demographics of the country and gripped by the belief that his days on top are coming to an end, there may be no form of porno­graphy more satisfying than watching a bunch of hard-drinking, pub-singing soccer fans with thick brogues beat …

International Football

Readers react: Is 'The Great American Novel' debate finally resolved?

Regarding “The Great American Novel Revisited” [July 3]. The Times book editor Carolyn Kellogg recently asked several critics to opine on “The Great American Novel.” Clearly, this is an exercise in subjectivity and a matter of personal taste. That being said, “The Great American Novel” is …

Literature

Mary Gaitskill: ‘Literature is not a realm for politeness’

I meet Mary Gaitskill at a small corner coffee and barber’s shop near where she lives in Williamsburg, New York. The guttural hiss of the steamer and the shouts of the baristas are too loud to hear ourselves speak so we take our flat whites and sit out on a low pavement bench that is shaded from …

Literature

The Psychological Benefits of Writing Regularly

When you attempt to envision a writer, I imagine many of you see a quirky recluse, hunched over a desk in some cabin, crumpled paper strewn about as …

Writing

Ben Lerner on Why So Many People (Rightfully) Hate Poetry

Perhaps, writes Ben Lerner, the collectively considered “worst poem” of all time is William McGonagall’s “Tay Bridge Disaster,” published in 1879. It …

The Arts

Poetry Friday: "I Am Poured Out Like Water"

<i>What attracts me to this poem is something deliberately absent yet evocatively present: baptism in a river. Starting from the very first line—during</i> …

Baptism

Lawsuit alleges Kaiser anesthesiologists told to skimp on anesthesia, rush patients through, save money

A $9 million lawsuit filed by former Kaiser Permanente anesthesiologist Erik Franck claims that he was fired from his job after he repeatedly …

Anesthesia

Police use pepper spray and Taser to subdue combative teen; mother says she told officer her son has autism

Police used pepper spray and a Taser on a 16-year-old boy who became combative, punching an officer's head and body, during a traffic stop Friday, authorities said.<p>When reached Wednesday evening, the boy’s mother said through tears that she repeatedly warned the officer that her son was autistic …

Pepper spray

Teen with autism was pepper sprayed and shot with Taser for being combative, police say. Family attorney argues otherwise.

A 16-year-old boy who was pepper sprayed and shot with a Taser after allegedly assaulting an officer during a traffic stop for not wearing his seatbelt was cited Friday on suspicion of several misdemeanor and felony charges, police said.<p>During an emotional press conference on Friday after the teen …

Pepper spray

Family crushed after autistic teen is tasered by Burbank police

A local family was outraged Friday after a 16-year-old boy with autism was tasered by police during a traffic stop in Burbank.<p>Fighting back tears, a …

Autism

The Emails of Natalie Portman and Jonathan Safran Foer

For over a decade, the Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman and the author Jonathan Safran Foer have amassed countless email exchanges about family, creativity and angry koalas — until earlier this year, when their epistolary archive mysteriously disappeared. On the eve of her ambitious …

Jonathan Safran Foer

Inside Amy Schumer writer Jessi Klein on 'the nonsense of being female'

“The nonsense of being female”: that’s how Jessi Klein describes the comic terrain she cultivates as a standup performer and head writer of Inside Amy Schumer. For example, Klein recently told a clothing store clerk she’d just had a baby even though her son was already more than a year old because …

Amy Schumer

Poem in July

I’ve made plans to keep<br>a private heart, a heart<p>for God, I’ve made plans<br>to pray, and each time<p>I’ve planned poorly—no<br>time, no time, no spirit—<p>and my …

Poetry