Happy February, Indy Readers,


Two months into 2021 already? Wild. It feels like it just started.


To kickstart a new Indy year, though, we present our newest February issue—and it’s jampacked with fantastic articles from a slew of great contributors, new and old alike. Josh Wertheim and Brendan Hegarty bring the fervor for a new BADBADNOTGOOD track and Arlo Parks’ masterful debut record. Madeline Wasson delivers a finely-tuned, insular look at Emerald Fennell’s powerful feminist flick Promising Young Woman and what it says about trauma, assault, and power.


Then there are the reviews: Kailey Sjauwfoekloy screams through the extraordinary, record-breaking bridge on “drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo, Anthony Bonavita delves into former President Obama’s 700-plus-page memoir, Michael Oross switches on the video game set, and Connor Lammas invites us into a new Madlib project.


Gary Simon, Emma Cooney, and Jackson Foran close out the issue with a triptych of Sass pieces—worming your way out of the onslaught of movie recommendations, Avatar as a therapy tool (sort of), and a quarantined Valentine’s Day. It’s all inspiring and funny and thoughtful, and a good read to top it off (as always).


Until next time, then, reader!


To a cake made of rainbows and smiles,


Max & Gene

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