Once you get over the fact that some 32-year-old is a MacArthur Genius and you're not (yes, yes, except for you, Tarell McCraney), why don't you go back and read this interview with newly-designated Genius Karen Russell. Maybe there are some secrets in there about how you can turn your brilliance into a pile of cash. Maybe not. Either way, it's worth a read.
One 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 [...]
"Obviously, I'm very grateful but I have a vague sense of not belonging." -David Simon ("The Wire," "Treme") reacts to being named one of this year's John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "geniuses." Other names among the 23 recipients of the $500,000 award include pianist Jason Moran, director David Cromer and author Annette Gordon-Reed. The real surprise here is that Simon, upon being told he was a genius, didn't respond by saying, "No fucking shit."