Tom Chiarella

Hailing from Greencastle, freelance writer Tom Chiarella often puzzles the movie stars he writes about for Esquire, a job he documents in “The Profiler" (available online on July 10). “They find it odd that I live here, but most of them appreciate eccentrics,” he says. “Indiana makes me kind of an event for them.” Although millions of readers pick up his work each month, only one person close to him makes a point to peruse all of it. “There are plenty of people in my life who don’t have any interest in what I do,” he says. “But on every article, big or small, my mother writes me a little note.”

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