Meet the 7 Writers who Just Won MacArthur Genius Grants

Meet the 7 Writers who Just Won MacArthur Genius Grants

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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded 26 Genius Grants this year to a select few individuals who exhibit “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” Seven of these amazing people are fiction writers, non-fiction scholars, and poets who you should absolutely check out if you haven’t already!   1 – Ocean Vuong Images via WBUR.org and Amazon Vuong’s been having a great year. His debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous was greeted with widespread critical acclaim. The novel is written as a letter to a mother who does not speak or …

Literary Canon Update

Literary Canon Update

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Have you ever been given a reading list that’s written, translated, and selected exclusively by and for men? Odds are you’ve rarely seen any that aren’t. If you want to appreciate the cannon while also living in a world where women exist, this is the list for you. These books and translations are some of the best and most lauded of all time, and yes, they’re by women. It was, I must confess, a little hard to compile. The Odyssey was first translated by a woman only in 2017! But don’t despair. It’s all here for the taking.   The …