David Simon wins ‘genius grant’

Producer joins list of notable MacArthur fellows

“The Wire” and “Treme” creator David Simon has won the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation “genius” grant, along with legit helmer David Cromer (“Our Town,” Broadway’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs”) and fiction writer Yiyun Li.

“On a practical level I’m a TV producer and storyteller who’s gone about as long as you can go without achieving a mass audience,” Simon told one journo. “I have no currency other than things, other than moments like this. I’ll admit it.”

The prestigious award includes an unrestricted $500,000 fellowship and typically goes to between 20 and 30 recipients per year. Past fellows include the late writer David Foster Wallace, New Yorker music critic Alex Ross, and scientists working in fields as diverse as neurobiology and astrophysics.