PULITZER WINNER: Weingarten's Subway 'Stunt' Wins Him Feature Prize

By Astor, Dave | Editor & Publisher, April 8, 2008 | Go to article overview

PULITZER WINNER: Weingarten's Subway 'Stunt' Wins Him Feature Prize


Astor, Dave, Editor & Publisher


Gene Weingarten won this year's Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for a Washington Post Magazine story about a famous violinist playing at a D.C. metro station. But he's also a humor columnist.

That was apparent in a prepared Pulitzer comment he wrote that was sent to E&P yesterday by Weingarten's syndicate, the Washington Post Writers Group.

"While this award is technically not for my columns but for my feature writing," Weingarten said, "I consider it an endorsement of the excellence of absolutely everything I do: humor writing, parallel parking, lovemaking, etc.

"So in that regard, using the same bold, broad-brush logic, I think all the clients of my column have a right to claim that they, too, won the Pulitzer Prize today."

The Pulitzer-winning story by Weingarten -- who couldn't be immediately reached for comment by E&P -- focused on virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell. Weingarten had thought of the idea to have Bell play at a metro station during rush hour to see whether "ordinary people would recognize genius" in a context where they're weren't expecting it.

As it turned out, Weingarten's April 2007 story showed that few of the people hurrying to work paid much attention to Bell -- though there were exceptions. …

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