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    Geniuses and the People Who Love Them (Like Me)

    I got very excited when the MacArthur Foundation announced the 2016 winners of its so-called “genius” grants this week. This astonishing program gives $625,000 to each grantee — no strings attached — to pursue their life’s work. I think we love genius because it inspires us. For 30 years, I’ve employed a discipline of having “curiosity conversations” every two weeks with an expert in anything other than what I do — from the late Jonas Salk to Queen Bey — aiming to expand my own intellectual and emotional capacity.

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