‘The Wire’ creator David Simon wins the $500,000 worth MacArthur ‘genius grant’September 29th, 2010 - 1:13 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Sep 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) ‘The Wire’ creator David Simon has won the $500,000 worth of MacArthur ‘genius grant’. He has won this honor along with 2 other recipients who are novelist Yiyun Li and historian Annette.
The genius grants have a lot of flexibility and they allow their recipients to “unprecedented freedom and opportunity to reflect, create, and explore” over the next five years. In all, the MacArthur Fellowship choose 23 fellows, who dabble in various disciplines ranging from quantum astrophysicist to a population geneticist, type designer, stone carver, jazz pianist and indigenous language preservationist.
Simon is a well-known author, screenwriter and producer and it is no surprise when he was awarded with the grant, as he is quite a deserving candidate for it.
“To be told you’ve won a MacArthur fellowship is very flattering and gratifying personally. On a practical level I’m a TV producer and storyteller who’s gone about as long as you can go without achieving a mass audience. I have no currency other than things, other than moments like this,” according to Simon, who is also a former journalist. He is also the acclaimed author of books including Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.
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