While we credit important thinkers for the ideas that they produce, there are some who also provide us with immense pleasure in the reading. In a tribute to anthropologist Clifford Geertz, this writer attributes that pleasure to his 'craft'.
Clifford Geertz, the brilliant anthropologist and writer died this year. I admired his work: his intellectual voraciousness in confronting difficult questions of morality and responsibility reminded me of the obligation I have as a human, his skill and beauty as a writer thrilled me as a craftsman.
KA Dilday '2007, reflections and predictions' www.opendemocracy.net/globalization-vision_reflections/predictio ns_4221.js (29/12/2006)