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Wednesday, September 21, 2021

So this year’s MacArthur Fellows, commonly known as “genius awards”, have been announced.

And the 25 men and women who got the nod are certainly a diverse group: The to-be-expected molecular biologist and laser physicist; the sculptor and rare book preservationist, to cover the artsy angle; and of course, the fisherman.

Wait a minute — a fisherman?!

Actually, all of the 2005 Fellows justly deserved the honor, and the $500,000 no-strings-attached grant that goes with it. Hopefully they’ll make good use of both, and, like previous winners, won’t let it all go to their heads.

That said…

If the MacArthur Foundation is looking for quirky genius, then look no further. I’m your man. Smart as a whip, and just as lethal. (Uh, strike that second part — unless it helps my case).

I could drone on and on, bring in references from hither and thither, submit to a battery of tests and presentations to prove that I’m worthy of being named a MacArthur Fellow in 2006. But instead of that, I’m going to let this blog do the talking for me, now and in the year ahead.

I suggest that any potential nominators out there read this blog daily, see me in action, and get a good idea of just how lively and creative I am on a consistent basis. Then, recommend me for a grant, and pitch it it thusly:

The very first blogging MacArthur Fellow. Me.

How perfect would that be? The Foundation gets to annoint a new-media participant and show that it’s an organization that’s hip to the 21st Century jive. I’d get the recognition I always deserved (ahem), and half a million bucks to boot. Which, I assure you, would go toward a very useful cause — as soon as I get back from my Hawaiian vacation. (Hey, even geniuses need some recuperation time…)

I can feel the groundswell forming as I type this. Can I get an “A-men”?

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/21/2005 09:18:07 PM
Category: Creative
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  1. I’m not sure if the list was complete. I thought I heard Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie were also nominated. Actually I think they are more likely to win a Darwin Award. After reviewing this years and several other year’s winners I see no reason why you shouldn’t get this award. To seal the deal I think your Blog should try and focus on the Fields that have supplied the most winners: Fiction, Poetry, Biology, Human Rights, Music, and Physics. I’m looking forward to your Poetic/Fiction Songs about Biology and Physics being used to save human kind.

    Comment by Hunk Oman — 09/22/2005 @ 09:26:24 AM

  2. Paris and Nicole, eh? Stop beating around the bush: Yes, I will star in a reality show with you.

    Comment by CT — 09/22/2005 @ 09:59:03 PM

  3. Breaking news. These kooks give out more money than just these grants. I read in Creative Loafing (or whatever it’s called now) that this same org. gave $750G to some group to continue their effort to protect the YETI and it’s habitat. Now that’s free money.

    Comment by Hunk Oman — 09/23/2005 @ 08:57:15 AM


    Once again, the MacArthur Foundation has announced its annual two dozen Fellows.
    Once again, I’m not on the list.
    Not that I’ve been trying. Still, my lazy-man approach should have netted me one of those phat MacA $500,000 “genius awa…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 09/25/2007 @ 08:41:29 PM

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