A long article about short story author - and MacArthur genius! - Deborah Eisenberg
Deborah Eisenberg writes her short stories slowly. In 25 years, she has published "just four collections that total under 1,000 pages, enough for an anthology out this spring and for the usual rewards for the short fiction artist: admiring reviews, limited sales and reliance on teaching jobs to keep going. But last fall, money fell like ripened fruit from a tree: Eisenberg received a MacArthur Genius Grant that honored her for "an unusually distinctive portrait of contemporary American life," kind thoughts with a check enclosed for $300,000.