March 2016

Priest and Calligrapher

The loveliest thing I have read in this dreary season appeared in an unlikely place: The New York Times‘ Art & Design section on March 4th. It was the obituary of a Roman Catholic priest and former Trappist monk, who was also the calligrapher/muse behind Apple’s typography. He was 83 when he died on February 26th. Margalit Fox’s essay on the Rev. Robert Palladino is subscription only. So let me reprint the core of it for you:
“Priest and calligrapher” his business card read, in his unimpeachable Renaissance italic, and he long plied both trades at once.
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Not Just Another Tuesday

On the eve of Super Tuesday, the Council on Islamic-American relations (CAIR) urged American Muslims to get to the polls. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), an organization that belongs on everyone’s reading list, is paying attention:
CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad: The Muslims Can Be the Swing Vote in Major States in the 2016 Presidential Elections; ‘Our Number Is Growing As American Muslims; We Can… Register 1 Million Voters’
Awad warned that “life for American Muslims will be difficult” if “those attacking Muslims today will be in the White House,” and said that the number of Muslims was growing in the seven predicted swing states of the 2016 presidential elections – Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. Continue Reading