Heading the list of Macarthur “genius” awards was a very gratifying choice for the Gruntled household: Ta-Nehesi Coates, the most thoughtful on the young generation of black public intellectuals.
The biggest "find”: Lin-Manuel Miranda and his musical "Hamilton," which has become an obsession among my relatives.
In the Nobels, I particular liked the story of Youyou Tu, who found a way to do science under Maoist anti-intellectual tyranny by finding cures within the annals of Chinese traditional medicine.
The peace prize lifts up the brightest achievement of the Arab Spring by honoring the "Tunisian quartet" of civil society organizations. They are building a functioning civil democracy after removing a long-running tyranny.
Today rounds out the Nerd Awards with the Nobel Prize in economics to Angus Deaton, a Scot working at Princeton who studies well-being, one of my favorite topics.