Anthony Clifford Grayling first crossed my radar screen on an international flight back from I’m not sure where, when I found some of his writings on the table of what I seem to recall was a Virgin Atlantic bookshop.
There were a series of paperback books written by Grayling about Things, and I bought them all:
Each one seemed more brilliantly conceived and well written than the next. I buy and devour everything Grayling writes and his most recent book, The Challenge of Things (subtitled Thinking Through Trouble Times), did not disappoint. Agreeing with everything Grayling says is not the point; it’s more to admire the way he reasons his way to a proposition.
One always wonders, when reading a prolific writer like Grayling, if his manner of oral presentation holds a candle to his written expression. It does. It is no small feat these days, to hold a listener spellbound, without a single slide or electronic contrivance other than a microphone. Grayling can do just that.