There's just so much genuis here, the *glassShallot staff often has to nap every 30 or 40 minutes just to remain fresh enough to take it all in. Don't believe us? Be gone! For the reverent, however, we couldn't help but notice how many bonafide GENiuses we were able to cover this year. Geniuses, at least in the estimation of those who dole out the $500,000 MacArthur grants. In no particular order, this year's *glassShallot/MacArthur geniuses are:
1. Marin Alsop (see Brahms CD, second from top, reviewed in LA Times)
2. Jonathan Lethem (who got a great *gS review in the SF Chronicle)
3. Aaron Dworkin (ok, we never wrote about this influential music educator, but he seems to be a genius to us!)
4. Ted Ames (an uncommonly virtuous assistant in the Great Gefilte Fish-off)
5. Joseph Curtin (a luthier who makes violins far too great and expensive for the virtual factory workers bringing you this enlightening Web content to ever slack off, lest they never upgrade their instruments to wooden boxes of the sweetness-caliber that Mr. Curtin produces).
6. Claire Gmachl (the subject of a forthcoming lead profile article to run in Stuff Magazine's new babe-a-liscious quarterly scientist-shopping insert, "Laser!")
Other geniuses [MacArthur]