Wednesday, September 25, 2013

One Good Man

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I ain't one to study war, much, but I do study shopping now and then. Recent events in Kenya reminded me of the autobiography of Herman Zapf. The idea of desperately trying to memorize passages from the Koran to get a free pass to the future made me choke: I have enough trouble keeping a short list of groceries in mind.

Zapf accepted a commission to design an Arabic type face before serving in the German army during World War Two. In the desert, Zapf found himself in a stand-off with a North African opponent. We owe our access to the fonts Optima and Palatino to Zapf's presence of mind in quoting, "One good man should not kill another good man."


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