MacArthur Genius Grants

Last week, the MacArthur Foundation announced the recipients of the 2011 MacArthur Fellowships (otherwise known as the “MacArthur Genius Grants”). These twenty-two individuals from a wide spectrum of professions were selected (without every applying!) for their potential to use their talents to help better our world. Each receives $500,000 in unconditional support doled out over the next five years, essentially just for being awesome.

This year, there are some pretty fantastic writers on the list! Check them out:

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Peter Hessler, Long-Form Journalist

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