e recipients to exercise their own creative instincts for the benefit of human society. So far, all of Tony's "exceptional creativity" has been done after hours -- he's never been paid for it. His "significant accomplishment" includes starting what some have claimed was the first (or one of the first) Web magazines (I believe it was called Lick), basically inventing the Internet photo-essay, writing a stack of excellent poetry books, and coaching a Little League team with me in 1990. Would $500,000 "facilitate subsequent creative work"? The man lives in Los Angeles without a car. You tell me.

Who else deserves a Genius Grant? Nominate your candidates below.

Posted by at August 10, 2002 12:32 PM

Kind of staggering to consider what makes the grade of "genius" among the MacArthur folks. I wouldn't impart such absurdly outsized praise to so many dozens of unremarkable academics, to the "Community Affairs" folks, and all their ilk, even if the enormous dollar amount they are just handed is deemed appropriate by other rich people in the establishment - and you better have connections in the establishment if you want a MacArthur. Interesting that "creative" can mean such recreative acts such as being a classical pianist or being an expert in "historical preservation". Weird stuff. Let's hope each and every one of these posh types give it all to charity.

Posted by: Greg at August 11, 2002 04:19 AM

Playing classical piano well meets my definition of a "creative act," though surely I'm biased (my sister is a classical pianist). And, I would argue, the act of historical preservation, especially in a city like Los Angeles, requires *extensive* creativity....

I haven't scanned the list lately, but I was sure glad that David Wilson of the Museum of Jurassic Technology received one last year (or whenever it was).

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 11, 2002 11:38 AM

i'd be perfectly willing to settle for a smarter-than-the-average-joe $500 award if they have one.

Posted by: thephil at August 12, 2002 12:50 PM
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