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Donovan Wheeler

Wheeler proudly teaches AP Literature and AP Language to some bright and lovably obnoxious kids in a small college town. He is the senior editor for the craft beer website Indiana on Tap and writes to ISU's STATE Magazine. Since putting in a pool he can now dive in head first (with goggles), and he has mostly stopped throwing golf clubs, but he still hates to fly.

Staring Down Goliath

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Four years ago, Justin Oakley was the first Democrat to run for the office eventually won by Glenda Ritz.  Today, the activist and talk radio host has three words for every single one of the Hoosier State’s teachers:  Vote. Or. Die. by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Justin Oakley If ...

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Superman, Star Wars, and Our Collective Attention-Spans

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The new Star Wars film is good…by our standards today.  But I don’t know if that really stands as a resounding thumbs-up. by Donovan Wheeler Consider two movies for a second. The first—1978’s Superman: The Movie—opens with a long, slowly developing Planet Krypton sequence. Marlon Brando struts around waxing philosophically ...

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This Thanksgiving I’m Thankful for My Mortality

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In the 87 years which followed his 1869 birth George Post Wheeler racked up a better-than-impressive résumé of accomplishments. He graduated from Princeton in 1891, and he proceeded to represent the US government serving everywhere from Japan to Russia to London to Rio to Sweden to Albania to Paraguay…yeah…Paraguay. He ...

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Giving His Best: Indigenous’ Mato Nanji

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Bruce Haley Mato Nanji has one of those disarming laughs—the casual, innocent kind which makes you think you’re talking to the guy you grew up with who now hangs drywall, shoots pool for a dollar a game, takes his kids to the lake for fishing ...

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Chris Trapper: Feeling Less Alone

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Topher Cox When a man picks up his first guitar, writes his first song, and croons his first notes he presumably does so imagining himself on the big stage, under the biggest set of lights speaking to thousands (if not more) people at a time. ...

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Kevin Crafton: It Begins Now

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by Donovan Wheeler photos by Ray Tarantino and Ashlee Pinney To understand Kevin Crafton, you must first accept the paradoxes which define him. At age 33, Crafton is seasoned and experienced: treading the floorboards of mostly small Nashville stages with almost twenty years’ experience as a guitarist and slightly fewer ...

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All We Can Do Is Prepare: One Lesson John Fallis Taught Us

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In late 1999, while interviewing John Fallis for a small film I was producing, the hall-of-fame high school coach uttered a sentence which I would toss around in my head at least once a week for the next 16 years. “You can’t win if you’re not physically conditioned,” Fallis said. ...

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Holly Sims: The Decision is Yours

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What goes through an artist’s mind when she runs solid blocks of contrasting colors across a five foot cut of canvas? When the end result are streaks of blacks and whites, crisscrossed by tendrils of brown, soft peach, or burnt red? We all know what the mind of a lazy ...

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Capital City Chronicles: What Happened to the Metro?

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My Journey to the Nation’s Capital: Part 2 by Donovan Wheeler When my parents told me that we would be relying on the subway to get around Washington, D.C., a fear-stricken waft of nausea overwhelmed me. This was 1986, a year after Bernie Goetz opened fire on his “would-be” attackers ...

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