Ed reports receiving an email from Jonathan Safran Foer regarding his post from about four weeks ago in which he derided PEN’s decision to give the millionaire auteur a $35,000 scholarship. Foer wrote to say
Hi. A friend made me aware of this discussion. Just wanted to let you guys know that I completely agree with most everything you said about monetary awards and whom they should go to. That’s why I gave the money—every cent of it—back to PEN, which is as deserving as groups get. I didn’t make a big deal about it, because it didn’t seem fair to any other winners, who might have needed the money at the moment. But on the other hand, I’d had to take flack for something I didn’t do.
Lovely man. I wish others would take his example.