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Runaway Power

Kanye West annihilated an otherwise unremarkable episode of Saturday Night Live last night. It’s hard to think of anyone else who has gone to such great lengths to transcend the format. The ones I can think of (Paul Simon after 9/11, Radiohead and their analog sequencer thingy, Nirvana destroying things) aren’t readily available on the Internets, so enjoy these two while they still are:

What’s Worth Doing Is Worth Doing for Money

If you think about it, money never sleeps.

Then again, neither do benches.

I don’t know what I would do with billions of dollars. I highly doubt there would be many lavish expenditures, though–maybe a commercial space jaunt here and there, definitely the third season of Party of Five (Bailey has a problem!), but certainly not the fleeting excess of your Wests and Winfreys.

When it comes to that real gnarly wealth, we’re constantly reminded of the hazardous trappings, but seldom of the potential to do real good good. When people amass extraordinary wealth and decide to give it back to society, our whole thing works so much better.

We got a taste of that varietal of better yesterday courtesy of the John T. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in the form of their annual “genius grants.”

This year’s winners were heterogenous to a fault: the dude who brought us Verdana, the Bird who speaks to dolphins, the scribe that made wires famous, and a bevy of other bosses. The no-strings-attached $500,000 awards are not meant as “a reward for past accomplishment,” but “rather an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential.”

Evidently, “the purpose of the MacArthur Fellows Program is to enable recipients to exercise their own creative instincts for the benefit of human society.”