Category Archives: Hoosiers

A review of Matthew Tully’s Searching for Hope

[NUVO] In this week’s NUVO, an alt weekly in Indianapolis, I’ve got a review of Matthew Tully’s Searching for Hope: Life at a Failing School in the Heart of America. Tully’s a very good columnist at the Indianapolis Star, and while Searching for Hope isn’t … Continue reading

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The closing of the Wigwam (and the state of Indiana basketball)

[New York Times] In Sunday’s New York Times sports section, I’ve got a long feature on the closing of the Wigwam, the 8,996-seat arena in Anderson, Indiana, that ranks as the second largest high school gym in the world. Or ranked, rather: … Continue reading

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Josh McRoberts, by way of The Jefferson Bible

[Los Angeles Times] In today’s Los Angeles Times, I’ve got an op ed on the Jefferson Bible — back in the news, thanks to a new edition from the Smithsonian, and more relevant than ever, thanks to the Republican presidential … Continue reading

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Hoosiers, Redux?

[Indianapolis Monthly] In this month’s issue of Indianapolis Monthly, I’ve got a long feature on Milan, Indiana — the small town that inspired Hoosiers and that’s struggled ever since. The magazine’s website is in the middle of a redesign, so the … Continue reading

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The College-Exploitation Machine

[Lexington Herald-Leader] Dustin Sinclair, an old college roommate and current good friend, and I co-wrote an op ed in the Lexington Herald-Leader on higher education’s growing costs and shrinking access. This is an enormously complex issue, of course, but we tried … Continue reading

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“The Grateful Dead Approach to Intellectual Property”

[NUVO] That quote came from Moira Smith, the librarian for folklore and ethnomusicology at Indiana University. I interviewed Moira for my NUVO cover story on Google Books’ basically unnoticed foray into Indiana, and one question I asked was whether she … Continue reading

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Meth and the Midwest

[Bookslut] My review of Nick Redding’s Methland: The Death and Life of An American Small Town is in the July issue of Bookslut. It was supposed to be in the June issue, actually, but I missed my deadline and am … Continue reading

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