My Sloppy Handwriting as a Logo for Vagant

Hey this is the coolest thing that happened to me today. I’ve got a short piece on the recent Audiatur poetry festival coming out in the next issue of the Scandinavian literary magazine Vagant. They translated the piece from English into proper Norsk for me (I could have given them a third-grader Norsk version — “Jeg liker audiatur, audiatur var veldig bra, etc.) which was nice of them. But the cool thing today was that they emailed asking if I could send them a sample of my handwriting within the next hour or so to use as their logo for this issue. My students always complain about my handwriting, crack jokes about how I ought to be a medical doctor with the level of scrawl I work with. So what the heck, why not? I wrote “Vagant” a few times on a piece of paper, took a picture, and emailed it back. Two hours later they sent me a cover layout with my scrawl where a proper logo should be. That’s cool.

vagant cover

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  1. To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom.
    – Ditrich Bonhoffer

    Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
    -John Lennon

    I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal. – Groucho Marx

  2. I’m not just a cyber-pinocchio Scott, I’m a real person. If you want more details, you can contact at the e-mail address I provided. Suffice it to say: I’m living in Norway!

  3. Apparently my first comment didn’t show up or got lost (not in translation, no), but here it is again:

    “Too cool to be real, too real to be cool”

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