Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
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The MacArthurs: Money Can Buy You Some Things, Such As Mental Health Care

I Had A SadOne other thing about the MacArthur "Genius" Grants (apart from the David Simon thing, which, who cares), awarded to some individuals working in some fields to which you may not necessarily be paying attention-oceanic acoustic engineering! Jellyfish propulsion!-to some that you may be-the poor honeybees!-is that getting $500,000 dropped on you over five years does not necessarily make you happy or successful. That being said, their track record on visual artists and writers over the decades has been nearly impeccable. (Ada Louise Huxtable in 1981! Thom Gunn in 1993! Meredith Monk in 1995! David Foster Wallace in 1997! Anne Carson in 2000! Lydia Davis in 2003! Tara Donovan in 2008!) So maybe, for once in its history, this'll cheer up one of this year's awardees, that poor sour David Cromer. Maybe he'll use it to pay for some therapy! Email me, David: I know the best short-term head-shrinker on the Upper West Side. It's time, honey.

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Dan Kois (#646)

Hey, where is Thom Gunn?

Dan Kois (#646)

Oh right, he died. I was thinking of Thom "The Pugilist at Rest" Jones. Where is THAT guy?

Huh! He appears to be "hiding out" in the Pacific Northwest.

MichelleDean (#7,041)

Aww, I actually sympathized with Cromer in that article. It's pretty soul-sucking to try and make a career in that largely dead art form these days, especially if you did not graduate from Yale or Julliard. I mean, it is sort of a privileged dream to have in the first place, I'm not denying that. Still.

Also that Our Town was, indeed, really good. (I saw it back when it opened, not sure what it's like these days.) In my opinion.

MikeBarthel (#1,884)

Maybe he will rent an old armory and build a stage set of his life and stage a massive "theater piece" that will consume years of his life and eventually lead to his own replacement by an actor!

Or, you know, he'll just do "The Iceman Cometh…On Ice!"

City_Dater (#2,500)

Bless David Cromer's depressed little heart. Three of the most engaging theater experiences I've had in the past couple seasons have been shows he directed, and unless he has a sugar daddy no one knows about, he's broke. Everyone in this industry is debt-ridden and financially stupid.

evilfred (#2,351)

Aleksandar Hemon in 2004!

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