I’ve been hearing the word “genius” thrown around with David Simon’s name since Homicide: Life on the Street came to NBC in the mid 1990s. This morning, it’s official, as David Simon was named to be one of this year’s MacArthur Fellows, the recipient of a “genius” grant of $500,000 over 5 years. Simon, born here in DC, and covered the crime beat for the Baltimore Sun through the 1980s and 1990s, is the author of books and teleplays that have won numerous awards. His TV series, from the aforementioned Homicide to The Wire and Treme have won him critical acclaim. Congratulations, David!