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Dason Anderson

Dason Anderson

Dason Anderson is a writer, editor, and Dungeon Master from southern Indiana. He's a big fan of Star Wars and the Sunday comics section. “Life’s a garden. Dig it.”

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Theater Residency at The Hundredth Hill Creates Art During Pandemic

Krista Detor and Dave Weber’s artist retreat, The Hundredth Hill, has served since August as a theater residency for a troupe of recent graduates from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Not only has the group created two productions but they will also perform them for live audiences — an all but unheard-of feat in theater during the pandemic. Click here for the story.

Bugs Come to Life in Ali Beckman’s So Fly Taxidermy

“I get up, I make coffee, and I think about bugs,” says Ali Beckman, a B-town resident whose Instagram account has 145K fans. While her goal is “to make people laugh” and see the beauty in insects, her gritty bug cartoons @SoFlyTaxidermy often address serious topics. Writer Dason Anderson asked Beckman about her work — and her book deal. Click here for the story.

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Beat the Cold with These 12 Winter Events

Feeling idle in the post-holiday lull? Writer and LP editor Dason Anderson has compiled a list of 12 happenings to get you out and about this winter season. Indoors, outdoors, alone or with friends, there’s something to do for everyone until spring comes again. Click here to read the full story.

Saving Hoosier Agricultural Heritage, One Barn at a Time

Every time you tear down a barn you obliterate a memory, says barn preservationist Duncan Campbell. But he and others are committed to saving what’s left of these legacies of Indiana’s diverse barn heritage. LP writer and editor Dason Anderson looks into their efforts to preserve these treasures of Indiana’s (agri)cultural past. Click here to read the full story.

Eclipse 2017! Where It Lands Near Bloomington

On August 21, the moon will totally eclipse the sun, sending umbral shade across America from west to east. Around Bloomington, people will witness a 94 percent eclipse, but LP writer and editor Dason Anderson shows many places and ways to experience this rare event — either the partial or total eclipse — not far from here. Click here to read the full story.

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Rahim AlHaj: Lotus Blossoms Visiting Artist [video]

Grammy-nominated oud player Rahim AlHaj, an Iraqi political refugee since 1991, was invited by the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation to participate in the Lotus Blossoms outreach program in March. He performed at various Bloomington locations and also at Owen Valley High School in Spencer. Filmmaker TJ Jaeger recorded the trip.

IU’s ‘Smash’ Tourney Largest in Indiana History

The popularity of video games has grown into full form, for both players and spectators. The Smash at IUB event on March 25, for instance, will draw nationally ranked players in one of the Midwest’s largest-attended Super Smash Bros. tournaments. Writer Dason Anderson looks into the smashing success of this and other eSports. Click here to read the full story.

Art Mag Publisher Finds His Creative Identity in ‘Spunk’

Aaron Tilford, publisher of the art journal Spunk, wrote in the 10th issue that the intention has always been “to inspire, to explore, to create, and to see things in a new way.” Writer Dason Anderson talks to Tilford about living in New York City, publishing an art magazine, and returning home to Bloomington. Click here to read the full story.

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6 Places Keeping Bloomington’s History Alive and Personal

When Indiana became a state in 1816, Bloomington was four years from its official incorporation. But the town named after fields of blooming flowers soon became a thriving and growing town. Here are some of the more interesting places that preserve the heritage of their times and help you connect to years past. Click here to read the full story.

Page vs. Stage: The ‘Deep Rift’ in Poetry Today

Poet Michelle Gottschlich considers the differences between page and spoken word poetry — between personal histories and “posthuman identity,” between poems expressing unique voice and those searching for universal truths. Acknowledging the impossibility of getting at the heart of it all, she explores the “deep rift” in poetry, known as “Page vs. Stage.” Click here to read the full story.

’Tis the Season — for Sports. Keeping Tabs on the Hoosiers

Between the Indiana University football team vying for another bowl appearance and the basketball season starting, sportswriters are busy in Hoosier Nation this month. And thanks to blogs, podcasts, and social media, info about the Hoosiers is at your fingertips. But how do you keep it all straight? Here’s a short list. Click here to read the full story.

Friday Night Auction at Dinky’s Is Down-Home Hoosier Fun [video]

Nearly every week, people drive from miles away to Dinky’s Auction Center in Daviess County (about 60 miles southwest of Bloomington) to hunt for treasures, mingle with others, or just take it all in. Videographer TJ Jaeger recently visited Dinky’s on a late-summer evening to capture an Amish tradition — the Friday night auction. Click here to watch the video and read the full story.