George Saunders, known around these parts as “Georgie Boy” or “greatest-working-short-story-writer-in-America,” gets a $500,000 MacArthur Genius grant. Hallelujah.
Perhaps the second-greatest (and these designations flip-flop on a daily basis) is Edward P. Jones. He, ahem, also got a MacArthur. There’s a long interview–the first of two parts–with him here.