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The PSAT's Genius Grant, Part 2

The continuing saga of rabid grammarians, Toni Morrison, and the nature of genius.

6:50 AM, Jun 13, 2003 • By DAVID SKINNER
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I also heard from a number of furious Morrison fans who are under the illusion that literary awards actually do prove a given writer is a genius--in the most exalted sense. To wit, Toni Morrison's Pulitzer and Nobel prizes enable fans to call her a genius, without (they imagine) fear of contradiction. These people I prefer to leave hidden in the shadow of their ignorance. I will not waste any more words arguing with them. And to those who called me a racist for criticizing an overrated black author, I say you'd have to be a complete moron, or maybe a test-writer at Educational Testing Service, to believe such a thing.

David Skinner is an assistant managing editor at The Weekly Standard.