Indianapolis Monthly June 2019

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It’s been my experience that good reporters and writers second-guess themselves a bit, particularly when it comes to perspective. Quality storytelling often acknowledges the limitations of the storyteller and attempts to rectify that by seeking other viewpoints without confusing balance for fairness. That’s why Dan Wakefield isn’t just a good reporter and writer—he’s a great one. The 86-year-old’s essay (“How An Old White Guy Got Woke,” p. 96) charts his decades-long evolution and understanding of race. Without spoiling the story, here’s the gist: Dan made a name for himself covering one of the seminal events of the Civil Rights era (the murder of Emmett Till) and rubbed elbows with icons like James Baldwin, but only recently has had his eyes fully opened to a host of issues thanks to new friendships…


Tim Swarens • Freelance writer Tim Swarens has always loved this state’s natural areas, so he was curious about what the Indiana Dunes National Park news meant for the future of conservation here (p. 60). “The Dunes’ story parallels Indiana’s story,” he says. “They were exploited for their economic value until a group of grassroots activists, with an assist from a few political leaders, worked to save them.” Connie Zeigler • Freelance writer Connie Zeigler intended to do a sweet piece about June weddings for this month’s Backtrack (p. 22). Then she found a photo of infamous 1970s cult leader Jim Jones in a double wedding in Richmond. “Digging into the story of his wife, Marceline Jones, was both fascinating and sad,” Zeigler says. “The woman stuck with Jim to the bitterest of…


“What you have here, @IndyMonthly, is one of the best stories to appear in a long time.”—JANET FRY, via Twitter“Great summary of the book and Vonnegut’s life with very credible sources.”—RAI PETERSON, via Facebook“I definitely need to read more of Vonnegut’s work beyond Slaughterhouse-Five.”—JEFF LOWRY, via Twitter“Nicely done, John. Thank you.”—JEFF ZOGG, via Twitter John Krull’s history of Slaughterhouse-Five on the 50th anniversary of the novel earned rave reviews. WHAT’S THE BEST BOOK EVER PUBLISHED BY A HOOSIER AUTHOR? 63% Slaughterhouse-Five. Still weird and wonderful 50 years later. 19% Ben-Hur. Truly epic. 14% The Fault In Our Stars. More than 11 million copies sold. 4% The Magnificent Ambersons. Pulitzer winner. LOOK FOR OUR NEXT POLL ON TWITTER. FOLLOW US @INDYMONTHLY FOR DETAILS. Law & Border Philip Gulley’s column on immigration (April) was a terrific story. That being said, it…

hell on wheels

E-Scooters RACE TO THE BOTTOM. Bird came first. Then Lime. Since then, two other scooter-rental companies—Spin and Lyft—have jumped into the fray, and the concept has become familiar. But when the curious objects first appeared out of nowhere on downtown corners, it didn’t take long for early-adopting Hoosiers to turn the sidewalks around Monument Circle into the IMS, a kind of hipster Mad Max: Fury Road. The city eventually imposed a temporary ban to give lawmakers who had been taken by surprise much-needed time to create regulations. BUT RULES ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN. After a short educational grace period, the IMPD issued 34 fines during the first month of code enforcement. SELF SERVICE. The scooters, which require a mobile app, driver’s license, and credit card to rent, are readily available on just…


This year’s theme nods to the Zoo’s newest arrivals, sloths and snakes. A sartorial joke about lazy creatures probably won’t land, but you can’t go wrong with snakeskin. Anyone brave enough to Britney a live boa around their neck? Never mind—living accessories aren’t allowed. It’s black tie on top, shower sandals on the bottom. Because dancing. Shoes end up on a big pile on the dance floor. Consider marking your soles for easy identification, like checked luggage. You want tuxedo shorts to hit a couple inches above the kneecap. A purse with a strap. Even better, a dress with deep pockets. It’s either going to rain or be blazing hot. Time to whip out the waterproof mascara. Don’t even try to outdo Kevin and Jody DeFord (pictured). ZOOBILATION PHOTO BY FAITH…

come together

TEN YEARS AGO, Faith Cohen realized something odd—there was no holiday to honor the Beatles, her favorite band. So the Indianapolis photographer launched one, but a question remained: Did the Fab Four really need more recognition? Based on the response since then—Global Beatles Day has been recognized by Amazon, Corona beer, Elvis Costello, and Peter Tork, the recently deceased member of the Monkees—evidently there was an appetite for it. “It’s more of a holiday just to say thank you for all the changes and so forth that they brought,” Cohen says. Cohen initially promoted GBD on social media. Eventually press around the world picked it up, and fans (and marketing departments looking for a hook) took it from there. Cuba held a Beatles film festival last year. Amazon used it to…