IN Writing

IN Writing : Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State

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Fueled by an insider's view of Indiana and the state's often surprising connections to the larger world, IN Writing is revelatory. It is Indiana in all its glory: sacred and profane; saints and sinners; war and peace; small towns and big cities; art, architecture, poetry and victuals. It's about Hoosier talent and Hoosier genius: the courageous farmer-soldiers who ardently try to win the hearts and minds of 21st century Afghan insurgents; the artisans whose work pulses with the aesthetics of far-away homelands; and the famous modernist poet who had to leave to make his mark. It's about places that speak to a wider world: Columbus and its remarkable architecture; New Harmony and its enduring idealism; Indianapolis and its world-renowned Crown Hill cemetery. IN Writing makes visible the unexpected bonds between Indiana and the world at more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 340g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 28 b&w illus.
  • 0253019044
  • 9780253019042

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"A compilation of quirky, well-crafted essays..." -Indianapolis Star "As a Hoosier, if you want to learn who we are, what we do, and what our glorious state is all about, you will be enchanted with Douglas Wissing's book.Every time I dip into it, I experience unexpected pleasures; I learn more about, and gain greater appreciation for, our marvelous Hoosier heritage." -Congressman Lee Hamilton "A must-read for anyone with affection for our state, Douglas Wissing has given me a manifesto he might not be aware I needed! Always searching for the perfect response to the (often snide) question 'why do you want to live in Indiana?' I am now equipped with a literary response. IN Writing is a smart, witty, and enchanting encapsulation of all the state's magic. Wissing has given Hoosiers a great gift." -Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of So Cold the River "Douglas Wissing's IN Writing:Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State is a delightful, smart and funny book that spins great stories of everything Hoosier from Paw Paws to Dillinger!" -Dan Wakefield, author of Going All the Way and Under The Apple Tree: A WII Homefront Novel "A dazzling tour of Indiana's most fascinating landmarks and icons, Douglas Wissing's book doesn't have a dull page. This is the perfect primer for understanding what makes Indiana special, and why so many Hoosiers have enlivened American life with everything from circuses to song." -Michael Sheldon, author of Michael Shelden, author of The New York Times bestseller Mark Twain: Man in White "IN Writing will be enjoyable to the general reader for its obscure or previously suppressed stories using a well-researched behind-the-scenes point of view, as well as essays about more renowned people and issues that make up the fabric of our state's image. This is a celebration of Indiana, a state that, in my opinion, has suffered in the past from its collective inferiority complex." -Rachel Berensen Perry, author of William J. Forsyth: The Life and Work of an Indiana Artist "Douglas Wissing's collection, IN Writing is a revelation, an appealing insider's look at the often overlooked and unexpected history of a great swath of Indiana, its people, history and lore. Though it begins and ends in Indiana, the reader will see how the rest of the world appears through the prism of the Hoosier state. Indiana is both a lens and a heart in Wissing's capable rendering." -William O'Rourke, author of Confessions of a Guilty Freelancer "A Hoosier through and through, I love the way Doug Wissing reveals the quirks and marvels of our state and its people. I can't wait to give it to my "Flyover" friends with the inscription, "I told you. We're way more interesting than you think." -Barbara Shoup, author of An American Tune: A Novel "IN Writing truly does succeed at Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State, as its subtitle promises...Readers of all tastes will find something to savor here." -Bloom "Wissing is clearly a masterful interviewer, capable of drawing revealing insights and colorful anecdotes from both famous and obscure subjects." -Indiana Magazine of History "As a born Hoosier, he knows Indiana extremely well, as this wide-ranging compilation of his journalism shows. Bobby Knight is here of course but, more interestingly, so are John Dillinger, Alfred Kinsey and Ezra Pound." -Indianapolis Star "With eloquent and polished style... highlights people, towns and events that carried impact beyond Indiana's borders." -Tribune Starshow more

About Douglas A. Wissing

Douglas A. Wissing is an award-winning journalist and author of eight books, including Indiana: One Pint at a Time and Crown Hill: History, Spirit, Sanctuary. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times,,,, and, among other more

Table of contents

IntroductionPart I. Saints and Sinners1. The Last Vaudevillian: Red Skelton 2. Hubris: Bobby Knight 3. Odd Bodkin4. D.C. Riddle5. The Hoosier General: Lewis B. Hershey and the Selective Service 6. Herbie Wirth 7. Inner Vision: Amish HealerPart II. Complicated Places8. A Fair of the Heart9. A Surprising Utopia10. Architecture and Community11. The Song of IndianaPart III. Culinary Delights12. 'Cook Good, Server Generously, Price Modestly': The Shapiro's Story13. She's the Cheese 14. Strange Brew15. Market Daze: Bloomington's Farmer's Market16. Pawpaw Redux17. Tibetan New Year Celebration18. Lair of the Turtle Soup: a Culinary TraditionPart IV. Artists and Their Craft19. This Rash Adventure: Ezra Pound at Wabash College 20. Erotica Whose Purpose Was Scholarly: Kinsey Institute Art Exhibit 21. Gargoyles and other Pagans22. Crossroads of American Sculpture23.TheStuffofLegend:IndianaandtheEmpireStateBuildingPart VI. The Present Past24. John Dillinger's Funeral25. Twist the Tiger's Tail 26. That's It: Prohibition, 1918-1933 27. Black-Gold Era's Luxurious Perch: Evansville Petroleum Club28. Lions, Tigers, High Wires29. Conflict and Conciliation30. Taliban in Indiana 31. War Fare CreditsIndexshow more

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