Happy birthday, George Steiner

'The polymath Professor George Steiner said it is rather embarrassing that birthday celebrations are taking place in Florence, Rome and Germany. There is also an event at Churchill College, Cambridge, where he has been a Fellow since 1961. He is researching a book about how great philosophy gets itself written, called The Poetry of Thought. He enjoys walks with his Old English sheepdog, known as Monsieur Ben. Professor George Steiner is 80 today.'

The wonderful George Steiner is eighty today. To celebrate, I thought I'd post a link to a conversation between Steiner and Christopher Tayler of The Guardian - there is, I think, some hint of his character and outlook throughout. I've been interested in Steiner's work for a long time, not least for his insightful commentaries on controversial German philosopher Martin Heidegger. To read the article in full, click here.

Thank you to Mark Thwaite of ReadySteadyBook for drawing my attention.