Communion Of Dreams

September 23, 2008, 11:24 am
Filed under: Art, Astronomy, Humor, Science, Society

An academic buddy of mine and I like to joke that this time of the year is called “Pass-over.” No, not Pesach – that happens in the spring. Rather, this is the time of year when the MacArthur Foundation announces their annual Fellows, the so-called ‘genius grants’ given each year to a group of particularly brilliant (though sometimes obscure) researchers, writers, academics, artists, and performers. This year 25 such Fellows were announced, and each will receive $500,000 over the next five years with no strings attached – in order to help facilitate whatever they do.

Man, who wouldn’t want to win that??? Nah, it’s not just the money and prestige – it’s the vote of confidence that they so believe in you that they’re willing to turn you loose with that sum of money, just to be creative.

And of course, we call it “Pass-over” because, well, we get passed-over for such each year. Like this year. Again.

Hey, I’m an artist! I’m a writer! I’m obscure! Depending on who you talk to (and how much I’ve paid them), I’m brilliant!

Ah, well. So it goes. Congrats to all the 2008 winners – go, and make the world a better place.

Jim Downey

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Hey, you are in a big crowd of people who have been “passed over”. I wish I could win too.

Coach for artists and writers

Comment by lifecreativitycoach

Terri – agree completely. We should form a Facebook Group or something. 🙂


Jim D.

Comment by Communion of Dreams

Hard cheese ol’ friend-It would probably just spoil you and destroy your promise.
It’s only poverty that keeps you from a life of dissolance. (Well,Martha does help)
Better luck with the Academy in Stockholm !

Comment by GvonR

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