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 Athens, GA. His work has been published in, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (
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