Ross Gale

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A new kind of doctor's office that charges a monthly fee and doesn't take insurance could lead to much cheaper prescriptions

For one of Dr. John Burrell's new patients, a six-month supply of a drug fell from $120 to $20.<p>That's because Burrell, who runs a primary-care office in Columbia, South Carolina, manages to charge his patients wholesale prices.<p>Burrell runs a direct primary-care practice. Instead of accepting …

Health Care

Critics of the NEA often say its funding is welfare for rich, liberal elites. They're wrong.

A look at the NEA’s approach to funding art tells a very different story.<p>On his show on Friday, March 17, Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson said the National Endowment for the Arts “is, in effect, welfare for rich, liberal elites. That's who consumes the products that they produce.”<p>The NEA has …

Philanthropy

George Saunders on how art can inspire empathy in the Trump era

“Those of us who are in the arts or in journalism can do some work to put real people on the other end of this thing.”<p>George Saunders, a Buddhist raised on the South Side of Chicago, is one of America’s great writers. He’s long been hailed for his short stories; his debut novel is <i>Lincoln in the</i> …

Democracy

Mr. Trump has proposed eliminating the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

President Trump is proposing the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities in his federal budget plan to be released early Thursday, the chairwoman of the arts endowment told her staff on Wednesday.<p>According to two federal officials with knowledge of the staff meeting, who …

Why Writers Lie (and Plagiarize and Fabricate and Stretch the Truth and...)

While “fake news” may be a current term of art, the literary hoax is a tale as old as the printed word. Whether it’s the fabrication of a Bob Dylan quote or the concoction of a madcap Howard Hughes tale, what happens after a writer’s lies are exposed? Paul Elie charts the course, from motive to mea …

Literature

The Republican Health Care Plan Includes A Tax Break For Insurance CEOs

Insurance industry execs are getting a new tax break on salaries above $500,000 as part of the Republican plan to replace Obamacare.<p>WASHINGTON — The Republican plan to replace Obamacare includes a tax break for insurance company executives making over $500,000 per year.<p>Companies can generally …

Health Care

Can movies like "Get Out" scare us into being better people?

Rarely have I seen a movie audience as viscerally satisfied as the audience with whom I saw “Get Out,” the new horror-comedy written and directed by …

Movies

NYC blue: what the pain of loneliness tells us – Olivia Laing

The bluest period I ever spent was in Manhattan’s East Village, not so long back. I lived on East 2nd Street, in an unreconstructed tenement …

Art

Poets to Hold Vigil for the NEA at Trump Tower

Poets and activists have organized a vigil and reading protesting President Donald J. Trump's proposed budget cuts to, or elimination of, the …

Trump Tower

The Not-So-Secret Life of Terrence Malick

The Not-So-Secret Life of Terrence Malick<p>The world’s most private director turns his lens on the place where he’s always been most public: …

Texas

Anatomy of a Discovery: How a Literary Magazine Editor Finds New Writers

<i>by John Freeman</i><p>I sometimes hear publishing new writers talked about as if it were an occult art. Tea leaves consulted. Sand art made. A voice in the …

Publishing

Fellowships

<b>The Luci Shaw Undergraduate Fellowship<br>Application Deadline: February 15</b><p>The Luci Shaw Fellowship<p>The purpose of the Luci Shaw Fellowship is to expose a …

George Saunders Has Some Thoughts About Art in the Trump Era

The hallowed short story author, who recently published his debut novel, explains the difference between our “art minds” and “media minds,” and why we need to pay attention to the former.<p><b>Vanity Fair: What do you think of the reviews for Lincoln in the Bardo?</b><p><i>George Saunders:</i> These are the most …

Storytelling

The Americans has always been a show about faith

The Americans sets up a world where communist, capitalist, and Christian beliefs are in close, uncomfortable proximity.<p><i>This article contains many spoilers about seasons one through four of</i> <b>The Americans</b><b>.</b><p>By the time Philip and Elizabeth Jennings’s teenage daughter Paige announces to her parents at …

Faith

Finding books in the least expected places around L.A.

The back wall at the <b>Blue Bottle Coffee</b> in downtown Los Angeles is lined from top to bottom with books.<p>The airy coffee destination fills the corner of the historic Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles. Behind plate-glass windows, patrons can be seen drifting to the counter for personalized …

Los Angeles

Art and Literature for Lent

Poem by Anya Krugovoy Silver<p>Poem by Maurice Manning<p>Poem by Anya Krugovoy Silver<p>Peggy Rosenthal<p><i>personal reflection from our daily blog</i><p>Brian</i> …

Poetry

“I can get a bit insecure about my health condition. In the beginning I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to give her everything she needs. Because I can’t lift her. I can’t run after her. It takes me longer to do things, so I thought she might get frustrated with me. But none of those worries came true. She’s perfectly fine with our reality. She’s very patient. When we get out of the car, she knows that the wheelchair goes first, then Daddy, then Mommy, then Olga. She’s very happy sitting on my lap. And she loves to lie in bed with us. She even tries to help me. In the house I don’t use my wheelchair because I can walk while holding onto my husband’s shoulders. Olga saw us doing this recently, and she came up behind me and tried to help by pushing my legs.” (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Cormac McCarthy Explains Why He Worked Hard at Not Working: How 9-to

Last summer, a rumor circulated that Cormac McCarthy, one of America’s most beloved living writers, had passed away. In the midst of a devastating …

Culture

Portland's Unity Center opens ER for psychiatric services (Column)

The Unity Center for Behavioral Health, the region's first emergency room specifically for psychiatric services, is in some ways like a traditional …

Health Care

Revealed: how US billionaire helped to back Brexit

Robert Mercer, who bankrolled Donald Trump, played key role with ‘sinister’ advice on using Facebook data<p>• In-depth: Mercer, Breitbart, Farage and the data war against mainstream media<p>The US billionaire who helped bankroll Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency played a key role in the campaign …

Donald Trump

Stephen King

Stephen King's office building sits on a particularly dreary dead-end road on the outskirts of Bangor, Maine, just down the street from a …

Dunkin' Donuts

“People who see us from the outside think that our greatest struggle is the disability. It’s not. Our greatest struggle is that we’d fallen out of love with each other. I lost a lot of my independence when Tatiana was born. I fell into a depression. He was working a lot. We grew distant. I didn’t think I could ever love him again. Two years ago I prayed one night, and said: ‘God, you’ve done so much. Please grant me one more miracle and make me love him again.’ The first change came from me. He’s always been the easygoing one, so I had to change first. I started trusting more. I tried to be more forgiving and understanding. I started to cook for him and organize things around the house. And he started spending more time at home. We started enjoying each other’s company. We talked about things other than diseases. And we started going out together-- just like this. It was like I suddenly met a friend, who became my best friend, who became my love. And our life started over again.” (São Paulo, Brazil)

“She has autonomy. She has a strong will. But she can’t move. So in many ways her life is my life. It’s bigger than me, it controls me, and it makes me fight like never before. We spend so much time together that she’s a part of me. She knows how important she is to me. She had childhood cancer. Her heart failed three times. And I was by her side the entire time. I never realized that I could love someone as much as this. She could never hurt me. She could never hurt anyone. We always ask her: ‘Are you angry?’, ‘Are you mad?’ And she always says ‘no.’ She laughs when I laugh. And right now I’m trying not to cry. Because she'll cry if I cry.” (São Paulo, Brazil)

What Students Can Learn By Writing For Wikipedia

Fake news has been, well, in the news a lot lately. But for the world's largest crowdsourced encyclopedia, it's nothing new.<p>"Wikipedia has been dealing with fake news since it started 16 years ago," notes LiAnna Davis, deputy director of the Wiki Education Foundation.<p>To combat misinformation, …

Education

34 Books by Women of Color to Read This Year

<b>Searching for Unicorns in Publishers’ Catalogs</b><p>This list began with a mistake. I’d started collecting the titles of intriguing 2017 books: to read …

Literature

Against Readability

In 2008, Anheuser-Busch ran a series of perplexing ads extolling Bud Light’s “drinkability.” What could it mean to say that a beer is able to be …

Literature

Listening to Silence

I ARRIVED AT THE ADVANCED screening of Martin Scorsese’s new film, <i>Silence</i>, in the worst possible frame of mind. I was running late, and I was …

Faith

Grad Student Discovers A Lost Novel Written By Walt Whitman

<b>Updated at 4:10 p.m. ET</b><p>A literary treasure buried for more than a century has been unearthed by Zachary Turpin, a grad student at the University of Houston.<p>It's a work of short fiction: a 36,000-word novella published anonymously, in six parts, in a New York newspaper in 1852. The discursive nature …

Poetry

For the umpteenth time, the National Endowment for the Arts deserves its funding

The National Endowment of the Arts is under attack — again. The foes are the same tired cast of characters who have assaulted the agency for the last 30 years. Their arguments are the same threadbare notions that have been repeatedly rejected. They are mounting a partisan battle that will do the …

Government

Arts Groups Draft Battle Plans as Trump Funding Cuts Loom

A prominent Broadway producer pledged to make the case for the value of the arts directly to the Trump administration. The St. Louis Symphony drafted an email urging its board members to call their elected representatives. Midway through the Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast on Saturday afternoon, the …

Government