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Ask Me Anything: Brian Jay

“You never forget the fear. One camper might say, ‘I’m going to have the LeFort procedure,’ and I’ll think, Yeah, I had that three times. That’s why I’m there. I’m the light at the end of the tunnel.”

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Phil Gulley: The Appalachian Trail

“I tell my nephew and his friends the story of My Great Hike often, hoping they might be moved by my dogged determination. Truth be told, though, I sense in them a disdain for my story, as if it were made up.”

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Phil Gulley: The Brilliant Swedish Tradition Of Death Cleaning

“Young people don’t understand that if death cleaning is to ever take hold in our country, they must do their part and take our crap. Otherwise, the whole system breaks down.”

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Our April Editor’s Note

Some thoughts on our city as we observe the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.

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Phil Gulley On Our Obsession With Buying Clothing

“Every old man worth his salt should have a cardigan sweater he wears year-round. It should have soup stains on it and holes in the elbows. If a moth has chewed on it, all the better.”

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Indianapolis Monthly A 2018 CRMA Finalist

It’s kind of like our Oscars—without the red carpet. Or the designer fashions. Or the statues.

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Phil Gulley: Facebook Calls For A Few Rules

“Facebook allows us to hang on the words of someone half a world away, known only to us by binary code, while ignoring the spouse across the table.”

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The Pros And Cons Of Amazon Selecting Indy For HQ2

So you’re telling us there’s a chance.

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Phil Gulley: The Three Motorcycles Everyone Should Own

“Every rider thinks his bike is the best, but would never say so. Except perhaps the owners of Triumph Bonnevilles, but only because it’s true.”

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Reactions To Deborah Paul’s Final Column

“As always, I turned first to the back page to read Deborah Paul’s column. After seeing the title, I knew.”

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Ask Me Anything: Deborah Paul

“I hope I don’t wind up wandering the streets. Or writing long-winded emails to my friends.”

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Phil Gulley: The Value Of Work

“I’ve tried both working and not, and prefer employment, so long as I can pick the job. Sometimes my wife picks my tasks for me, and I don’t care for that nearly as much.”

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Deborah Paul Calls It A Career

Indianapolis Monthly owes its existence to Deborah Paul.

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Phil Gulley: A Few Words About My Sweet Mom

“I’ve known enough mothers to know they’re not all good, no matter what Hallmark says. I took my mother’s virtues for granted in the early years, though as time passed, I realized she was a keeper.”

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Phil Gulley: The Importance of a Good Shade Tree

“If Walmart designed a tree, the Bradford pear is what it would look like.”

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