Congratulations, digaman! November 3, 2015 7:20 AM   Subscribe

MeFi's own Steve Silberman (aka digaman) has won this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the first time in his 17-year history that the award has gone to a popular science book. (Previously, on the Blue.)
posted by GrammarMoses to MetaFilter-Related at 7:20 AM (58 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

That's fantastic! Congratulations!
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:36 AM on November 3, 2015


Hey, congratulations! Nice to see this.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 7:40 AM on November 3, 2015


Huge achievement, congratulations!
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:47 AM on November 3, 2015


Awesome! Well done, sir.
posted by nubs at 7:58 AM on November 3, 2015


Awesome job dude, congratulations!! The Indy article uses the phrase "Nazi Vienna" which made me think of a Nazi version of the Ultravox song. Stupid Brain, always getting things wrong like this!

But well done for winning! Do you get something more than the kudos of winning? i.e. money, a grant, anything?
posted by marienbad at 8:01 AM on November 3, 2015


The prize site says digaman is £20,000 richer today.
posted by Etrigan at 8:08 AM on November 3, 2015


He's got one of the better Twitter accounts as well.
posted by maxsparber at 8:32 AM on November 3, 2015 [4 favorites]


And thank you for writing the book. As a father with a 10 year old daughter on the spectrum, it has been invaluable for our whole family. It's also been an incredibly powerful tool for changing the culture's perceptions of neurodiversity. I just can't thank you enough.
posted by Toekneesan at 8:34 AM on November 3, 2015 [8 favorites]


Congrats!
posted by rmd1023 at 8:48 AM on November 3, 2015


Applause, and warm congratulations!
posted by MonkeyToes at 8:55 AM on November 3, 2015


🎉⭐️🎉👏👍
posted by The Whelk at 9:06 AM on November 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Congrats!
posted by tofu_crouton at 9:18 AM on November 3, 2015


Congratulations!
posted by thomas j wise at 9:23 AM on November 3, 2015


Well done!
posted by Azara at 9:26 AM on November 3, 2015


Adding my congratulations too. It's on my reading list, just haven't gotten to it but have been following reviews. Couldn't have happened to a more deserving person.

Seconding this from maxsparber He's got one of the better Twitter accounts as well.
posted by madamjujujive at 9:28 AM on November 3, 2015


That is wonderful, congrats on a job well done.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 9:34 AM on November 3, 2015


Congratulations and thank you so much for writing the book!
posted by Lexica at 9:36 AM on November 3, 2015


Oh wow yay! Congratulations!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:50 AM on November 3, 2015


huh. why isn't possible to "see inside" on amazon? (and congrats)
posted by andrewcooke at 9:54 AM on November 3, 2015


Frickin' fantastic!
posted by mykescipark at 10:15 AM on November 3, 2015


Congrats! Just got in line for it at the library.
posted by Kwine at 10:16 AM on November 3, 2015


WTG!!
posted by Amy NM at 10:16 AM on November 3, 2015


Congratulations! I heard about the book for the first time yesterday and thought it sounded great. How neat that there's a MetaFilter connection.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:23 AM on November 3, 2015


Oh, that's great. Congratulations, digaman. Well done.
posted by tangerine at 10:24 AM on November 3, 2015


Well done, sir, well done!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:25 AM on November 3, 2015


And only seventeen years old! Wow.
posted by Wolfdog at 10:27 AM on November 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


digaman's speech at the awards
posted by chavenet at 10:28 AM on November 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Wow, congratulations!
posted by Turkey Glue at 10:59 AM on November 3, 2015


That's fantastic, congratulations! And it looks like a really interesting book, will be adding it to my wish list.
posted by billiebee at 11:33 AM on November 3, 2015


Wow, that's super cool. Way to be smart and relevant!
posted by heyho at 11:43 AM on November 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Bravo!
posted by Xavier Xavier at 11:44 AM on November 3, 2015


That is just great! Congratulations!
posted by OmieWise at 1:10 PM on November 3, 2015


Amazing, and congratulations to you!
posted by smoke at 1:17 PM on November 3, 2015


Congratulations!! I think I'll buy a couple copies for Christmas presents! I know some folks who would be very interested.

I also misread that it was the Samuel L Jackson award, and wondered about its content.
posted by China Grover at 2:48 PM on November 3, 2015


That's the award for MF Fiction. Totally different category.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:05 PM on November 3, 2015 [2 favorites]




Well deserved and great news! Congratulations!!!!
posted by Kangaroo at 3:51 PM on November 3, 2015


Orkut's own digaman! (Congrats again, Steve.)
posted by roger ackroyd at 4:13 PM on November 3, 2015


Wow, awesome! Well done.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 5:55 PM on November 3, 2015


Congratulations! And for anyone reading this who hasn't read the book but is considering it, read it! It is fascinating and so important - especially if you are or know somebody who is on the spectrum.
posted by Daily Alice at 7:36 PM on November 3, 2015


Congrats! It's on my kindle awaiting my eyeballs as we speak ...
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:45 PM on November 3, 2015


Congratulations.
posted by Cranberry at 9:42 PM on November 3, 2015


Huzzah for digaman!
posted by homunculus at 10:36 PM on November 3, 2015


crongratz!
posted by juv3nal at 12:43 AM on November 4, 2015


Article in today's Guardian.
posted by pharm at 12:43 AM on November 4, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh, I've heard that's a great book! Congratulations!
posted by teponaztli at 12:51 AM on November 4, 2015


Wheee!
posted by scruss at 5:36 AM on November 4, 2015


That's so great! Congrats, digaman.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:22 AM on November 4, 2015


Fantastic, many congratulations!
posted by carter at 10:35 AM on November 4, 2015


Thanks so much, folks! Sorry it took me so long to get here. I really appreciate it.

For more media coverage of NeuroTribes than anyone would ever want to read/watch/hear, here you go: http://stevesilberman.com/media/.

But mostly: THANK YOU. It's been a wild ride, and I'm really glad the enthusiasm about my book has cast light on the plight of autistic people and their families, and the gifts of their atypical minds, as well as the challenges they (and we) face.
posted by digaman at 10:50 AM on November 4, 2015 [15 favorites]


Woo-hoo! Congrats!
posted by xingcat at 12:33 PM on November 4, 2015


Woohoo! Congrats
posted by Stynxno at 9:28 AM on November 5, 2015


10 page essay by Monday!
Grab bag subject.

A hearty congrats.
posted by clavdivs at 8:29 PM on November 5, 2015


Awesome! Mazel tov!
posted by Westringia F. at 11:46 AM on November 6, 2015


Yay, congrats! I had not heard about the book before now, and now I am looking into putting it on hold at the library!
posted by Ragini at 8:40 PM on November 6, 2015


Up with stuff like this!
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:04 AM on November 7, 2015


Congratulations
posted by y2karl at 12:38 PM on November 11, 2015


Congratulations and thank you.
posted by haltingproblemsolved at 5:01 PM on November 27, 2015


« Older This pony prances about in the meadow, with...   |   Dead MetaFilter Radio Newer »

You are not logged in, either login or create an account to post comments