MacArthur fellows I spent the weekend with included everyone from an urban farmer to a short story writer to a science sculptor to a deep-sea explorer to an engineer obsessed with old buildings.
The thing all seemed to have in common was this: They took the road less traveled.
Will Allens job sounds like an oxymoron. He is an urban farmer.
Recognizing the unhealthy diets of the poor in the inner city, he started a nonprofit, Growing Power, that grows fresh fruits and vegetables on city land in places such as Milwaukee.
George Saunders started off as a geophysical engineer, and his first job was a field seismologist in Indonesia.
Thankfully, he proved inept and pursued a different career. Today he writes short stories for the New Yorker .
Ned Kahn began by working at the Exploratorium, a science museum in San Francisco.