Indianapolis Monthly February 2021

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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contents of character

One of the things that I love about magazines—and this one in particular—is the diversity of story types and ideas and perspectives that come together to form a whole. In the business, we call this a “general interest” publication. That’s an industry label applied to content created for an educated, non-specialized audience. That’s you! Here, “interest” means “appeal,” but instead I like to think of it as “being of benefit” to the reader. Enrichment. Unfortunately, in a broad sense, general interest has given way to specialization over the last decade or so. Like others, I tend to gravitate toward stories that reflect my worldview or cater to my existing tastes. But, if I’m being honest, I tend to learn more and experience a much higher degree of growth—cultural or intellectual or…

new world order

Take-home and delivery options (p. 48) have changed the way we live in the Age of COVID-19. Here, the local products and services our team couldn’t live without: “Indy’s Community Food Co Op is one of my main go-tos for groceries. I started placing orders for delivery in April and now pick up my produce, meat, eggs, and other local products at a site a mile away from my house. It’s been an easy, convenient means of getting fresh food without having to set foot inside a store.” —ANDREA RATCLIFF, SPECIAL SECTIONS DIRECTOR “In another life, I would have never considered eating sushi outside of a sushi bar, but I have ordered multiple containers of carryout nigiri and spider rolls from my neighborhood sushi bar, Kasai.” —JULIA SPALDING, DINING EDITOR “I’ve been braving the grocery…


Julia Spalding As restaurants in Indy recalibrated for COVID, dining editor Julia Spalding tracked the changes, from the golden hour of pop-ups to the heartbreaking closures. In this month’s cover story (p. 48), she unpacks the sudden evolution of takeout dining. “It has been the perfect pivot while everyone is stuck at home,” she says. “But I can’t wait for the day when we can all sit down and eat together safely.” Joe DePaolo Freelance writer Joe DePaolo is no stranger to cop stories. Prior to his piece about the Lawrence Police Department (p. 45), he once spent time with the New York Police Department baseball team. “I found a terrific character who’d sit next to me in the dugout and give me hilarious quotes,” DePaolo says. “But a few days before I…


For many readers, the beautiful cover of our December “Best of Indy” issue was the icing on the (cup)cake. “Congratulations to Savor V. Those cupcakes look delicious.”—DIANE LOVETT, via Facebook“I need to get a copy of this!” —AMANDA KINGSBURY, via Facebook“So many things I can’t wait to buy.”—ALEISHA CLONTZ, via Facebook“I love seeing things bloom for wonderful people like this.”—MOLLY MARTIN, via Facebook WHICH “BEST” WINNER ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO VISITING? LOOK FOR OUR NEXT POLL ON TWITTER. FOLLOW US @INDYMONTHLY FOR DETAILS.…

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PRIVATE EYES Are remote-learning apps harvesting your kids’ data? RABBLE ROUSING We interviewed the new owners of the east side’s Rabble Coffee. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE Check out some of Indy’s best local subscription services. Virtually Perfect I hollered with laughter when I read Phil Gulley’s December column on his Quaker Zoom meetings. I have a friend who comes up with many conspiracy theories, but Phil’s are much more fun. ANN DEUPREE Grand Rapids, Michigan The New Hoosiers Thank you Indianapolis Monthly for highlighting the growing Burmese population in Indianapolis. The photo essay in the December issue was great. LUN KHAM Indianapolis I live in this area, and I really want to know what my Chin neighbors cook in their garages sometimes, because it smells delicious. KEVIN SPIND Indianapolis I was really impressed with the quality of the photos in this piece about my southside neighbors. And then…

hail mary?

NFL Combine THE NFL GETS PHYSICAL. Despite the regressive, cattle-market feel of the Combine, it’s a relatively new idea. In fact, prior to the 1970s, teams didn’t even give potential draft picks physicals. (Which makes sense if you’ve seen 1960s photos of pros smoking in the locker room at halftime.) But after the New York Jets started inviting college seniors to team HQ for physicals and interviews in 1976, other teams followed suit. Eventually Tex Schramm, president and general manager for the Dallas Cowboys, suggested that teams work together to make the process more efficient. WHY INDY? While we didn’t yet have an NFL team, the city was home to National Football Scouting, Inc., and in 1982, NFS conducted the first National Invitational Camp in Tampa. Three years later, the company partnered…