Thursday, May 03, 2007

German Intellectuals

Via complete review, a list of "top 10 German intellectuals" (whatever that means). The new Pope is at the top.

Two observations. First, surprising that there are so many writers (schriftsteller) on the list. No scientists, economists or other specialists. Second, I wonder which culture is more parochial, German or the Anglo-american? Because none of them are really well-known outside Germany.

By the way, I am in the middle of Marcel Reich-Ranicki's memoir The Author of Himself. He is at number five in the above list. The book is very good. Will write about it once I am done.

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