Yesterday, the MacArthur Foundation released the winners of its “Genius” grants for 2015, and among the chemists (William Dichtel), sociologists (Matthew Desmond) and set designers (Mimi Lien) was one Ta-Nehisi Coates, Atlantic writer and author of several acclaimed works in this year alone. For the first time ever, you’re allowed to call Ta-Nehisi Coates a genius.

Coates, along with the 23 other winners, will receive a grant of $625,000 spread out over the next five years. In a phone call with the New York Times, Coates said:

“I wished I could be cool,” Mr. Coates said in a telephone interview. “But you just can’t be cool.”

Okay, but is it cooler than this?

[image via The Atlantic]

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