Praise the Lord and pass the pudding

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.

(Thanks, Maud.)

UPDATE: A full list of this year’s MacArthur recipients is here. Of note, alto saxophonist/madcap composer John Zorn also got a nod.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation, RogerEbert.com, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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