I do not believe that this would have amused me nearly as much as it did had I not had an almost identical conversation (complete with the head banging) with a house mate mere moments before.
Yes. It is raining.
Other than that...I've been on a Murakami kick as of late. I can't explain it, but I will say this: One or two pages into Sputnik SweetHeart, where he describes the girl as going through her "literary Idol of the Month" stage, I felt guilty.
Guilty, and then, strangely amused. :)
They really are good books. People seem to always be (unintentionally) destroying each other in Murikami's books, and yes, that is why I read them. It seems a little more honest, somehow.
This book was set in Caledonia, a Linotype face designed by W. A. Dwiggins (1880-1956). It belongs to the family of printing types called "modern face" by printers--a term used to mark the change in the style of type letters that occurred around 1800. Caledonia borders on the general design of Scotch Roman but is more freely drawn than that letter.
South of the Border, West of the Sun:
The text of this book was set in a typeface called Comenius, designed by the celebrated typographer Hermann Zapf in 1972-1974. The restrained roman has a number of features found in trasitional types, while the italic has a distinct personality and a calligraphic flair. This attractive type experiments with an unusual treatment of punctuation such as commas, quotation marks, and apostrophes.
Hermann Zapf was born in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1918. He has created many other well-known typefaces, including Aldus, Hunt Roman, Marconi, Melior, Michelangelo, Optima, Palatino, Saphir, Sistina, Zapf Book and Zapf Chancery.
after the quake:
The text of this book was set in Centaur, the only typeface designed by Bruce Rogers (1870-1957), the well-known American book designer. A celebrated penman, Rogers based his design on the roman face cut by Nicolas Jenson in 1470 for his Eusebius. Jenson's roman surpassed all of its forerunners and even today, in modern recuttings, remains one of the most popular and attractive of all typefaces.
The italic used to accompany Centaur is Arrighi, designed by another American, Frederic Warde, and based on the chancery face used by Lodovico degli Arrighi in 1524.
I think I will use typeface names for the names of my cat(s). :)