Monday, October 1, 2012

I'M JUST SAYING, WHY NOT HAVE TWO GENIUSES IN THE FAMILY? SORT OF A SPARE IN CASE BART'S BRAIN BLOWS UP:  The NYT has leaked the names of this year's John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellows, and once again both Marilyn vos Savant and I have been denied recognition. Instead, honorees receiving the $100K x 5yrs include author Junot Diaz, mandolinist/composer Chris Thile, WaPo reporter David Finkel, historian Dylan Penningroth, and economist Raj Chetty.

[Our 2006-11 discussions can be found here.]

12 comments:

  1. I don't know most of these people but Junot Diaz is a rock star and Dinaw Mengestu is also a hell of a writer and a SUPER nice guy. I haven't read his second novel yet but The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears was just wonderful.

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  2. I have a number of friends who are huge Chris Thile fans, so they'll be happy. I give him credit for simultaneously being very traditional and very modern and pursuing unorthodox fusions like his Goat Rodeo stuff with Yo Yo Ma.

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  3. sconstant6:58 PM

    One thing I love is how randomly googling the non-arts names you've never heard comes up with amazingness.

    Here's Certified Genius Dr. Warf:

    http://vectorblog.org/2011/02/building-neurosurgical-care-in-the-heart-of-africa-one-doctor%E2%80%99s-story/

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  4. lisased8:25 PM

    I saw Chris Thile play an outdoor bluegrass festival in Colorado when he was 15. I can't even describe the audience's reactions -- awe, respect, exhilaration. He looked truly humbled when all 3,000 of us stood and cheered. He is incredible in concert. I am thrilled that he has been recognized.

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  5. Congrats to all, you rock stars! Now one of you genius can explain to me why the New York Times categorizes Mr. Penningroth, a historian, as part of the arts category.

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  6. The Pathetic Earthling9:40 AM

    There the hard sciences, right? Physics, chemistry. There are soft sciences, psychology and such. Well, I like to think of history as Hard Art.

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  7. I am SO EXCITED that Dylan Penningroth won - his work is fantastic, and he's one of the nicest, smartest people out there.

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  8. I think we call that "social science."

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  9. Joseph Finn1:54 PM

    it's certainly more of a science than psychology, which is about as soft as it gets before you start descending into psychotherapy. (There are exceptions within the discipline, of course, such as behavioral psychology.)

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  10. But what about Scientology?

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  11. Joseph Finn4:13 PM

    Heh.

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  12. Jordan4:44 PM

    So Sara Watkins next year?

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