It’s journalistically exquisite.
You’ll find writing skills that you’ll rarely find in other newspapers’ editorials.
But it was the opening question of an interview with Heiner Geißler, a leading German politician over 3 decades and an enthusiastic climber at 78, that left me speechless the other day.
Lesser papers would have asked: ” Why do you like climbing? “
Not the SDZ: “
If you put a piece of paper on the table and push the edges towards the centre, you create a mini mountain landscape, because you’ve compressed the area of the paper. Basically, it’s the way mountains were formed millions of years ago. From a geological and mathematical perspective, mountains are actually large areas confined to a smaller space. They lay claim to the third dimension. Is it perhaps this dimension that underpins our fascination with mountains?“
One of Geissler’s answers – just for the record and heavily excerpted:
“Track and field sports are just hard work, tennis is a craft, mountaineering is an art form“