Indianapolis Monthly August 2021

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what defines you

IT’S EASY TO get sucked into the messy details of contributing editor Adam Wren’s profile of entrepreneur Scott Jones (p. 60). Jones, it seems, is broke. He says he’s lost a fortune of some $400 million over his career, information that has recently come into focus because of a contentious divorce. To some, this news will deliver a measure of schadenfreude; by most accounts, Jones enjoyed an ostentatious lifestyle, and Wren’s story is filled with colorful bits about a man who appears to derive his self-worth from net worth. Enjoy the drama, if that’s your thing, but please don’t miss some of the bigger issues. Jones says he has made and lost $100 million four times, and tells Wren that this is a badge of honor. And it is admirable to watch…


SUSAN SALAZ Freelance writer Susan Salaz began seeing all that Indiana’s rivers have to offer (p. 46) when her dad took up kayaking during the pandemic. “Paddling with him gave me a new appreciation for this landlocked state,” she says. Salaz hopes recreation on Indiana’s waterways leads to conservation. “The more people enjoy them, the bett er they’ll understand the importance of caring for them.” CRAIG FEHRMAN Freelance writer Craig Fehrman read each of Hanif Abdurraqib’s books while preparing to interview the author this month (p. 18). “He writes so well about music, history, money, and race,” Fehrman says. “But he also writes about the Midwest. I knew he was from Ohio, but I didn’t realize the area was one of his big themes.” Fehrman published his first book, Author in Chief, last…


Flat-Out Great Readers devoured our May story on the state’s best tenderloin sandwiches. Terrific review on an underreported, yet important topic. We haven’t tried all of these, but if there’s a bett er tenderloin than Zionsville’s Friendly Tavern, let’s schedule a lunch there soon. DALE WINGER Via Twitter God bless you for putt ing this together. But you missed the Crawfordsville Sunoco, and I’m not kidding. GREG CASTANIAS Via Twitter Zaharakos in Columbus has a fine pork tenderloin, and you’re surrounded by the finest midcentury-modern architecture. CHARLES SNIDER Via Twitter I feel that Southern Indiana never gets enough att ention in the tenderloin conversation. There are so many great small-town places. TOM ROLLER Via Twitter Making it a point to try each one. ANDY SPARKS Via Twitter Ford Focus Our June excerpt of Ashley C. Ford’s memoir Somebody’s Daughter inspired people to seek out the book. I thought I…

dynamic duo

Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this month—and a whole era of football will go into the history books with them. IT’S INDY’S HALL OF FAME THIS YEAR. The pandemic delayed last year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions, resulting in a doubleheader ceremony where the classes of 2020 and 2021 will both enter the sport’s hallowed halls in Canton. That, combined with the tendency of sportswriters to make deserving Hall of Famers wait a while before getting their due, means iconic Colts Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James are entering the Hall together this August. IT’S ABOUT TIME FOR JAMES. The team’s pace-setting running back from 1999 to 2005 will finally get his well-deserved induction ceremony, 11 years after his retirement. When he…

space invaders

Q: SOMEONE IS FLYING A DRONE AROUND MY NEIGHBORHOOD, AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT HAS A CAMERA. IS THIS LEGAL IN INDIANA? CAN ANYBODY FLY OVER MY BACKYARD AND TAKE PICTURES? A: It depends whom you ask. The Federal Aviation Administration says that licensed drones don’t need permission to travel above your property, any more than a 747 does. They can even linger if they like, provided it’s not at obnoxiously low altitude. However, Indiana law is more sympathetic to your desire to prevent strangers from posting footage of you sunbathing on YouTube. According to a state statute, conducting electronic surveillance of someone’s property without their permission is a Class A misdemeanor. And if you live on Indy’s west side, drones are out of the picture entirely. Federal law prohibits…

state fair shuttle

Grab a lemon shakeup beforehand. The tractor pulling the open-sided cart is slow and makes plenty of stops, so it could be a while. Keep an arm around your kid. Litt le ones have a habit of jumping off while it’s moving. Fold the stroller while you wait. Take a full loop or two. It’s the best way to people-watch at the fair. No manspreading. It’s a popular att raction and seats fill up. It will be even more popular this year because rides are now free. Catch it anywhere except the crowded start/finish stop on Main Street. No need to squeeze onto a packed shutt le. Another one will be by shortly.…