03 April 2006

German public intellectual rankings

The political magazine Cicero has ranked the top public intellectuals in Germany. The methodology apparently involved measuring presence in the 83 most important German-language newspapers and magazines, as well as taking into account Internet and TV mentions. The top ten includes many elderly authors and nos. 1 and 7 are even poets (although primarily labelled a novelist and a song-writer of course):
1 Günter Grass
2 Harald Schmidt

3 Marcel Reich-Ranicki
4 Martin Walser
5 Peter Handke
6 Jürgen Habermas
7 Wolf Biermann
8 Elfriede Jelinek
9 Alice Schwarzer
10 Botho Stauß