A full band is no longer a necessary ingredient for a rocking live show. Many artists write and record entire albums with just a laptop, and listeners connect with sounds that challenge our notions of traditional musicianship. Baths, the brainchild of L.A.-based Will Wiesenfeld, buys into that tradition. His 2013 album Obsidian is a dark masterpiece, one [...]
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Yesterday the wide world learned that novelist and journalist Dinaw Mengestu was one of this year's 23 MacArthur Fellows—recipients of so-called "genius grants." But Mengestu himself has had the better part of two weeks to ponder the prize, and after keeping the news to himself for a while, he's enjoying being able to talk about [...]
Two Washington writers, Washington Post military reporter David Finkel and novelist Dinaw Mengestu, have been awarded MacArthur "genius" grants, the prestigious fellowship annually awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation. Finkel and Mengestu, along with 21 other fellows, will receive half a million dollars over the next five years to continue work in their field.