studied literature and history, was a reporter and author for the weekly news magazine Stern for 20 years and now mainly writes for the magazine supplement of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Portraits and interviews with the leading figures and idols of our time are his trademark. Every Sunday, the digital edition of the SZ magazine publishes one of his questions, which are hugely popular and generate discussion in hundreds of online forums. Published by Residenz Verlag: "Warum hat das Unglück mehr Phantasie als das Glück?" (Why does sorrow have more imagination than joy?) (2019).