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Jonathans are illuminated: Genius

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I couldn't be happier that Jonathan Lethem got a MacArthur. He's one of the most independent-thinking and hardworking, and least fad-tempted, writers we got, and as a nice bonus, he's not a snappish prima donna. There's no question he'll make the most of the money, the moment, the extra visibility, and the mountains o' love, which he seems to turn right back into good fiction rather than a lump of ego no one can swallow.

It's not Darwinian elimination round here, but of course I love this Gawker hed: Lethem Wins MacArthur; Franzen, Foer Feel Out-Jonathaned.

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