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Stuart Dybek, official genius



Chicago's most prominent fiction writer, Stuart Dybek, is one of this year's MacArthur Fellows, aka the recipient of a "genius grants." Chicagoist poses the question of who else in the city deserves one, but the only name that gets floated as an eventual possibility is Panopticon Ron Huberman (hey, he's been in the news and stuff). In the spirit of inquiry, some suggestions:

* Paul Salopek
* Ken Dunn
* Robert Bruegmann
* Lior Strahilevitz (more here)
* Grant Achatz (has a chef ever gotten a genius grant?)
* Ian Foster
* Ira Glass 
* Kyle Nash
* Calvin DeWitt (south Madison, so I'm definitely cheating here)
* Tracy Letts
* Nicole Mitchell
* Chris Ware
* Jeanne Gang
* Toby Maloney

Since blog tag is fun, I'd like to solicit ideas from the Daily Harold, the Private Intellectual, My Brain Is Made of Things Made of Gold, and anyone else who'd like to join in.