“…genius involves the original formation of a new style….it ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”
– Jack Kerouac, “Are Writers Made or Born?”
George Saunders’ response to his MacArthur Genius Grant? “I feel smarter already.” Dig also: David Macaulay, whose The Way Things Work was one of my favorites when I was a kid.
You know who else should be thrown a big handful of money? The National. Last night I listened to Alligator and Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers on the turntable back-to-back.
Those guys destroy.