Shortlisted for an American Wanker grant
You would think it would be impossible for The Corner to become even more idiotic, tone deaf, and low brow. But that was before hiring John Podhoretz who sneers at genius:
A “GENIUS” FINALLY DOES SOMETHING [John Podhoretz]
Tonight, on the Tony Awards, an actor named Bill Irwin won the Best Actor award for his performance in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” Irwin is best known as a so-called New Vaudevillian — a post-modern clown, is the best way of putting it. (Parents may know him as one of the two people who play “Mr Noodle” during the “Elmo’s World” segments on “Sesame Street.”) This isn’t very interesting, except for the fact that Irwin was one of the first people to win a MacArthur “genius grant” two decades ago.
Which means that he may be the only Genius Grant winner ever to amount to anything after getting his $250,000 prize.
Here are few previous recipients:
Jared M. Diamond
Marian Wright Edelman
Ernest J. Gaines
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Stephen Jay Gould
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Charles Johnson (not that one)
Leslie Marmon Silko
Anna Deavere Smith
David Foster Wallace
John Edgar Wideman
Now my list is arts heavy so it doesn’t include all of the researchers, mathematicians, biologists, human rights advocates, economists, historians, and others (that can be found here) who didn’t have parents famous enough to get them a gig at a Murdoch paper just to get them out of the basement, but all in all, most of them do pretty good work. Granted…none of them is a Ron Howard, but then, who is?