Novelists Junot Diaz and Dinaw Mengestu Recipients Of MacArthur Genius Grants
Novelists Junot Diaz and Dinaw Mengestu are among the scientists, artists and thinkers named as 2012 MacArthur Fellows, by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. That means they'll be awarded $500,000 to write and be smart and stuff. Must be nice.
Incidentally, both authors are published by Riverhead Books.
Here's what the award entails, as described by the foundation:
“The recipients learned, through a phone call out of the blue from the Foundation, that they will each receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years. MacArthur Fellowships come without stipulations or reporting requirements and offer Fellows unprecedented freedom and opportunity to reflect, create, and explore. The unusual level of independence afforded to Fellows underscores the spirit of freedom intrinsic to creative endeavors. The work of MacArthur Fellows knows neither boundaries nor the constraints of age, place, and endeavor.”
The Associated Press has the entire list, in case you were wondering who else is more awesome than you.
Seriously though, cheers to Diaz and Mengestu. They're in illustrious company, and hey, I'm sure the money ain't bad, either.
Anyone read with their work? Are they indeed geniuses?
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