Seattle’s “Genius” Awards

The MacArthur awards have been announced for this year. But Seattle alternative weekly The Stranger decided to give out its own “genius” awards. While winners get a much smaller prize ($5,000 rather than the MacArthur’s $500,000), there’s a lot of honor that goes along with them. Organizers say they’re “steering a middle course between the MacArthur Awards and Publishers Clearinghouse. All the hugging and kissing between critics and award winners brought a disclaimer of sorts from editor Dan Savage. “None of our critics has slept with any of the award winners. Not yet. Maybe it’s time they paid up.”