Year: 2015

Staring Down Goliath

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 [dropcap]I[/dropcap]f Justin Oakley were consumed with …

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Superman, Star Wars, and Our Collective Attention-Spans

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 [dropcap]C[/dropcap]onsider 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 about fiery death and the …

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The Full Griswold

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]very year on the day after Thanksgiving, my family devotes the entire day to putting up our Christmas decorations. And let me be perfectly clear: the Barcus household takes Christmas very seriously, from the ultimate purpose of moving us spiritually as card-carrying Methodists, to the more pop-culture side of things. If there is a cult …

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This Thanksgiving I’m Thankful for My Mortality

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n 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 married a novelist, wrote his …

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Red Wanting Blue’s Scott Terry: A Musician’s Philosophy

by Donovan Wheeler photos courtesy of Fanatic Records and Mike Farley Part I:  Intro– [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he day I fell hard for Red Wanting Blue almost didn’t happen. As I’ve already written in an earlier homage during my blogging days, I stumbled upon the group while listening to a Freddy Jones Band “channel” on one of those …

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

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n 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. “It’s impossible…because your body gives …

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