Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Favorite Font?

What a great topic to discuss in order to avoid actual writing. What font do you use? Kathy S. (a.k.a. my sister) sent me a link to this great article in Slate, My Favorite Font, in which several authors discuss their preferred fonts: Jonathan Lethem likes Courier, others prefer Palatino, Times, Hoefler Text, Century Schoolbook. All of which comes as a surprise. I know a lot of people use Courier, possibly because it keeps them connected to the romance of a real typewriter, but I thought most writers used Times New Roman. As I do. Except for screenplays, in which case I use Courier because that's industry standard. Here's an excerpt from the article:
Elisa Zuritsky, writer and producer, Sex and the City
"I talked to my therapist, and she said my love of Courier stems from my childhood. Back before I knew what deadline, hack, or rewrite meant. When the most fun I could imagine was a trip to my father's office, where I could be alone with the IBM electric typewriter. Another chance to tickety-tick-tick something that would make me laugh. And then show it to my mom and she'd laugh, too. So, I guess my loyalty to Courier is a way for me to maintain my bond with my mother. In other words, it's all her fault. That's what my therapist says, anyway."
What font do you use? Why?


Myfanwy Collins said...

I used to use courier exclusively, but now I use Times because it has become nicer to my eyes and it uses less paper when printed out.

I think all writers should spend some time reading slush so that they would resist the urge to use anything other than courier or times.

SP Rankin said...

I posted this at another site, Cliff, on the same topic:

I like to write in Hoefler Text, using Apple's Pages for WP, and that's what I use for printed MS submissions. It's just so much prettier, it makes me happy. It's a beautiful, readable face with non-lining figures. The differences between Hoefler and TNR are subtle enough that they don't stand out in a bad way. I convert docs to TNR in Word for electronic subs, though, so that any problems with the MS are squarely the prose's fault.