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Indianapolis Monthly June 2017

Indianapolis Monthly has become central Indiana’s premier general-interest publication—the Circle City’s essential chronicle and guide, an indispensable authority on what’s new, what’s news, and what people are talking about. Whether covering crime, politics, business, sports, or arts and entertainment, Indianapolis Monthly sets the standard for editorial excellence in the state.

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path to enlightenment

About 25 years ago, on the way back to the newsroom from a reporting trip, my first editor and I stopped off at a dive in a Southern Indiana town that had seen bett er days. Why, I wondered, had this place been left for dead, while a similar town a few miles away prospered? “Bud,” the editor said, “a town needs three things to stay alive: a post office, library, and high school.” Then he paused to finish his beer before adding a fourth standard: “A good bar doesn’t hurt, either.”While the internet has made the post office less crucial, the lesson still holds: Most editors are alcoholics. In all seriousness, the point was that vibrant communities offer places where citizens can mingle, share ideas, and draw inspiration. You…

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ridin’ dirty

“My first car was an ’86 Ford Escort hatchback that my friends and I referred to as the Silver Bullet. It had fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview mirror, burgundy-colored Playboy-brand seat covers, and a killer stereo system. I loved that car.”— EVAN WEST, EXECUTIVE EDITOR“Any time my dad drove my first car (a Mitsubishi Eclipse), he would get honked at the whole time, and he couldn’t understand why: I had a sign that read ‘Honk if you’re a cute boy’ hanging in the back window. He eventually figured it out.”— JENNA KIENLE, DIGITAL STRATEGY DIRECTOR“During the winter, the seals would freeze on my 1984 Camaro with T-tops. When that happened, I couldn’t open the door, so I had to climb in through the trunk.”—MEGAN FERNANDEZ, DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL OPERATIONS…

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Lili WrightFor her new “Work” column exploring interesting jobs (p. 48), freelance writer—and longtime vegetarian—Lili Wright hunted down one of the few women practicing taxidermy in Indiana. “I’ve always wondered how they’re able to make dead animals look so alive,” she says. “It’s like a resurrection.” Wright has published essays in Good Housekeeping, The New York Times, and Newsweek.Michael RubinoWil FosterWhen freelance photographer Wil Foster shot the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational last year for this month’s photo essay (“Time Machines,” p. 78), he expected the classic cars to putter around the track. He was in for a surprise. “In some ways, they seemed way more intense, loud, and brutal than an IndyCar,” he says. “The sound of those motors shocked me.”Mary Chellis AustinTen years ago, when freelance writer Mary Chellis…

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Jon Wertheim’s March essay on Bob Knight was as controversial as a late whistle.“Nothing new from those trying to make a name for themselves at Knight’s expense. Leave him alone. He gave what he had and has asked for nothing since.” —KEN SCHULTHEIS,via IndianapolisMonthly.com“It was an exciting time for Indiana basketball. No one on campus ever claimed Knight was a prince.” —LYNN ZUCCARELLI AUSTIN,via Facebook“Bob Knight doesn’t want privacy. He wants to stick it to IU publicly as often as possible.” —DANIEL DOUGAN,via IndianapolisMonthly.comThe IM PollWILL IU EVER RETURN TO THE PROMINENCE IT ENJOYED UNDER KNIGHT?VOTE ON OUR NEXT POLL AT INDIANAPOLISMONTHLY.COM/POLLS#ICYMIOur online stories you might have missed.ANDREW LUCK TACKLES THE AIRWAVESThe Colt brings his book club to WFYI.CAMPUS CANINESA new book of dogs set against IU’s picturesque backdrop.2017 BEST…

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criminal minds

CrimeCon 2017, the world’s first convention for true-crime fans, brings fake murder scenes, serial-killer discussions, and O.J.’s lawyer, from June 9 to 11.F. Lee Bailey, here with a just-acquitted O.J. Simpson, will talk at CrimeCon.THIS IS THE FIRST TRUE-CRIME CONVENTION IN, LIKE, EVER.The idea was dreamed up by the folks at Red Seat Ventures, a New York company that creates digital businesses for people and brands. A while back, they realized that there weren’t any conventions for true-crime groupies—of which there are apparently quite a few. So they fixed that.IT MAY BE THE COMIC-CON OF TRUE CRIME, BUT THERE’S NO COSPLAY (THANK GOD).“We don’t expect people to come dressed as serial killers,” says Alyse Powers, the event’s producer. “It’s not that kind of convention.”WHY INDIANAPOLIS?Remember the old saw about Indy…

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iso lunch series

Really, bring lunch. The music drowns out the sound of 1,600 people chewing. Think about your wrapper choices, though. A bag of chips makes a lot of noise. Bring a drink, too—one with a tight lid. There’s a scramble for generaladmission seats, and you don’t want to be stuck in the beverage line. If you pack tuna fish, feel free to sit in a row by yourself. Some themes attract a lot of kids, many experiencing the symphony for the first time. Let them have the good seats up front. Even the first chair is likely to be wearing jeans, so there’s no such thing as underdressed. Clean up after yourself. This isn’t Victory Field.SIMPSON TRIAL PHOTO: MYUNG J. CHUN/DAILY NEWS VIA AP, POOL, FILE ■…