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 [...]
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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.
How about that Jason Moran, who keeps finding new and exciting ways to grace these pages? The ludicrously acclaimed (and entirely deserved) pianist and composer had his name on two fantastic albums this summer; played a stellar set at this month's Rosslyn Jazz Festival; and, yesterday, is the recipient of a 2010 MacArthur Fellowship: the [...]