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MacArthur "genius" grant winners include writers

Li The MacArthur Grant Fellows were announced today and among their esteemed ranks are a couple of authors (along with an astounding variety of scientists and artists and musicians and linguists and others far brighter and more talented than most of us).

There's fiction writer Yiyun Li, at right, author of the short story collections Gold Boy, Emerald Girl and A Thousand Years of Prayers and the novel The Vagrants. And there's historian Annette Gordon-Reed, whose The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 (and 15 other awards). Gordon-Reed is also the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy.

Our favorite, though, is David Simon, creator of HBO's The Wire. Yes, of course he counts as a writer; not only did he create what is probably the best TV series ever, he also wrote Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, which was later turned into a TV series. Kudos to everybody.

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