Wednesday, September 23, 2009
MacArthur Genius Awards
The new geniuses have been announced, and they include writers Heather McHugh, Edwidge Danticat, and Deborah Eisenberg. Asked about what she'd been up to since learning the news, McHugh replied that she'd "bought a pair of good walking shoes, a whole bag of used clothing at Value Village [thrift store], and a good gag" (LA Times "Jacket Copy"). I kind of love Ms. McHugh. She spoke more seriously, later, in this NPR interview , about wordplay, form, and pushing her writing further. We're pleased to see all three of these amazing women recognized.