Indianapolis Monthly August 2020

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nothing to write home about

Are you sick of your home yet? I am of mine. But I have no one to blame but myself. While all of you braved the local hardware shop or the big-box store during the stay-at-home portion of the pandemic, zipping through paint chips with names like Mindful Gray and Heedless Gray, I lounged on my Comfortable Gray couch and watched a lot of TV. I tend to gravitate toward reruns rather than renovations, so while you were installing new flooring, I was admiring the shag in Oscar Goldman’s office on The Six Million Dollar Man. There were so many shows, so much time to kill. My wildest streams, it appeared, had come true. And then I turned on HGTV. Friends, this channel is the devil. All it took was one bite…

inside story

“I once walked the fence line of Ruth Lilly’s property, hoping to catch a glimpse of the reclusive billionaire’s home. Her private security officer promptly told me to get lost.” —DANIEL COMISKEY, DEPUTY EDITOR “I don’t stalk specific houses, but I can spend hours on Zillow, looking at photos and judging people’s home decor.” —LAURA KRUTY, SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR “When I was working for Chicago magazine, I used to shoot real-estate photos. On a weekend afternoon, I photographed one of the Pritzker homes from the street, and when I returned to my old car, I realized I had locked the keys inside. It was kind of embarrassing waiting for a locksmith in front of the multimillion-dollar house.” —TODD URBAN, DESIGN DIRECTOR…


Alicia Garceau When freelance writer Alicia Garceau was in school, access to technology meant being able to play Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? on the class computer. Now, especially at home, it’s essential. Garceau examines how IPS plans to bridge the digital divide (p. 11). “Having a Chromebook and internet should be like paper and pencils,” she says, “although many students don’t have those either.” Dylan Lee Hodges IM’s new style writer, Dylan Lee Hodges, has always been interested in Indy’s creative class. A former contributor at PATTERN magazine, Hodges regularly meets fashionable people like Patrick Bouquett (p. 26). “I admire his style, but what’s more important when identifying these people is what they’re passionate about,” he says. “That’s what makes my job fun: sharing what people love doing.” Kristin Sims Freelance graphic…


Matt Gonzales’s May story on IU’s investigation of professor Eric Rasmusen inspired a lot of free speech. HOW SHOULD COLLEGES DEAL WITH PROFESSORS WHO EXPRESS OFFENSIVE BELIEFS? “Nice to see being a conservative is still just a misdemeanor in Bloomington.”—WES HARLAN, via Facebook“Good example of ‘You’re never your best self on Twitter.’ It’s interesting that no student took the university up on its offer to transfer out of his class.”—GAREN BRAGG, via Twitter“I expected to find someone who had been misunderstood, but nope. He’s as deep as his controversial tweet was.”—JOHN BEELER, via Facebook“This man definitely believes things not befitting an educator.”—SIARRA BRIELLE BAZLER, via Facebook LOOK FOR OUR NEXT POLL ON TWITTER. FOLLOW US @INDYMONTHLY FOR DETAILS. #ICYMI Our online stories you might have missed. IN THE BAG Introducing Comida’s new delivery biz. MAURICE BROADDUS On the value…

crash course

Digital Divide IPS WAS E-FAILING. At the start of the last school year, Indianapolis Public Schools had just one internet-ready device for every three students. Statewide for the same period, 64 percent of Indiana’s traditional districts were 1:1 schools, which are pretty much what they sound like: Every single student has a device to use during the day and take home at night. THEN COVID-19 HIT. Forced to turn to e-learning, IPS conducted a survey to assess the technology needs of its students. The results had to be troubling to a school district suddenly required to teach from a distance: 40 percent of responding families lacked access to a device with a keyboard, and about 30 percent had no reliable internet connection. By contrast, a national poll in April by Pew Research…

paddling the white river

Renting? White River Canoe Company in Noblesville is the only full-service outfitter around here. Book a weekend trip by Wednesday. Broad Ripple Park is a good launch spot for rookies and paddle-boarders. The river is wide and slow-moving there and opens up to a lake-like section called the BR Pool. Stick out a paddle to social distance. There’s nothing cuter than a dog standing on the nose of a kayak. Don’t leave their doo-doo on the banks. DNR officers are watching. Behave. Google “sycamore tree” so you can recognize these beautiful specimens. Check the Friends of the White River website for safety conditions. You want green-flag water levels and yellow-flag contamination levels. The contamination level is never green.…