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‘The Wire,’ ‘Treme’ Creator David Simon Wins MacArthur Genius Award

HBO’s “The Wire” may never have picked up big ratings, but it was a huge critical sucess, and now it just helped its creator David Simon pick up 500,000 bucks. Simon was awarded a MacArthur genius grant today–a no-strings-attached, half-million dollar award, doled out over five years.

Not bad.

“The great value of this award is that it will make it easier for all of us to argue for stories that might not otherwise be perceived as popular television,” Simon told the Baltimore Sun.

“I can’t wave around Nielsen ratings and I can’t wave around Emmy awards when I want to get these stories told. An award like this gives us more gravitas. It gives us a little more currency. And it indicates that this medium of television is capable of much more social good than has been demonstrated to this point.”

H/T Gary Scott

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.