Wait For It… a blog by Andy Ross

MacArthur Genius Grant

Posted on November 8, 2010

Dear MacArthur Genius Grant Committee,

I hope this note finds you well. I realize you're busy handing out millions of dollars in no-strings-attached grants to those talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.

I just wanted to follow up on a note I sent you earlier that had my new Brooklyn address. I've had some hiccups with mail service lately, and I wanted to make sure you could reach me should you ever need to. You know, for whatever.

Did you get the links to my blog I sent you? No pressure to read it right away. Whenever you get a break in your schedule is fine. I just thought you'd enjoy a few of the pieces.

Specifically, this list of saints or this erotic cake contest monologue. I'm getting a lot of key word searches for this one about eating a bad peach, so that must have struck a chord.

It's hard to choose favorites, since I'm so proud of all my posts. I'm sure you feel the same way about choosing between so many genius scientists and artists. Giving away all that money each year must be kind of a burden. I bet you wish you could just give it all to one super genius. One super-funny super genius.

Did you happen to see this Montessori Silent Auction List, by the way? I don't know, I think it's pretty great. Not to toot my own horn.

So, yeah anyway, I moved to Brooklyn from the Upper West Side--classic yuppie migration. But, we love our new space, and you're invited over for movie night whenever you're in town. If you like Vietnamese sandwiches, we can order in.

Hope you are doing well. Good luck choosing genius grant recipients this year. Let me know if you have any questions or anything. I’m still at the same cell number.