William Watts


Bill Watts professes English and directs the First-Year Seminar program at Butler University.

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In this occasional series on biking in Indianapolis, Bill Watts gives a broad overview of the situation on the streets, and lists upcoming municipal bike-related projects.

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wwatts commented on Debating Newfields

You have given me and others a lot to think about, and I am grateful for that. i have long thought that there should be more public discusion in Indianapolis about all of our cultural institutions. For that reason, I am thankful that you ran my piace, and I am thankful for your reflections…


Thank you for your correction. I have asked that it be made in the text, but I don't have the ability to do that myself. Ray is an old friend of mine, and I am sorry to have slighted him in this way.


Thank you so much for your response. I really admire your enthusiasm and your positive attitude toward the institution we both cherish.

At the risk of personalizing this, it seems to me that we are playing different but honorable roles in this debate. You are a booster (your handle, …


I really appreciate what you have to say here. It's complicated for me too. I do see a lot of good in the museum, and, in fact, I returned last weekend with my wife, and we renewed our membership, and viewed the Samuel Levi Jones exhibit, "Left of Center," which we enjoyed very m…


I think it is fair to say that this movie is told from the perspective of a male director looking back on his childhood. I am not convinced, however, that the term "male gaze" is either apt or helpful in this discussion. Generally, I take this term to imply a sexualized view of w…