Dr. Joseph Vitolo is a Professor of Dentistry by day and an intrepid calligrapher and historian of American penmanship and calligraphy in much of his spare time. His knowledge of the art form is immense—so much so that we had to break our interview with him up into the slide show (above) and the audio-only interview (below). Sometimes someone’s knowledge about an art form is just as beautiful as the art form itself, even if you don’t (and probably won’t) ever fully understand it all. This is certainly the case with Dr. Vitolo. As such, there’s plenty here and we invite you to enjoy the pure geekery of it all. (Right-click to download or click the play button to stream the audio)

Vitolo Interview

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

If you like what you’ve seen and heard hear, you can learn even more tonight in the
Gates Common Room on third floor of Palmer Hall on the Colorado College campus at 1025 N. Cascade Ave. (east of Tutt Library). It’s free and open to the general public.

(We hope to have our email back up and running early next week. In the meantime, please feel free to leave comments below or email us directly at thebigsomething@krcc.org. Thanks!)

 

Comments are closed.

News

ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 17, 2014 | NPR · The Carolina Panthers placed Greg Hardy on the list over a long-running case and the Cardinals did the same after Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault.
 

The Canadian Press
September 17, 2014 | NPR · The mayor, who made international news after he admitted to smoking crack, dropped out of the mayoral race last week. Ford’s doctor said he was “optimistic.”
 

AP
September 17, 2014 | NPR · The Fed said because wage-and-price hikes remain low and growth continues at a moderate pace, interest rates will stay at historic lows for a “considerable time.”
 

Arts & Life

September 17, 2014 | NPR · Martin Amis’ latest novel, which takes place in Auschwitz, has already stirred up controversy in Europe according to the New York Times. But reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it the triumph of Amis’ career.
 

Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
September 17, 2014 | NPR · Hayes, a professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh, was recognized for “reflecting on race, gender, and family in works that seamlessly encompass both the historical and the personal.”
 

iStockphoto
September 17, 2014 | NPR · How one woman’s quest to bring you the scientific method has resulted in a blog project chock-full of chocolate chip cookie experiments. Wear your oven mitt and bring a glass of milk.
 

Music

Folk Alley
September 17, 2014 | FolkAlley · Watch Loretta Lynn, Jason Isbell, Jackson Browne, and more of the most revered artists in roots music perform live from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
 

Vimeo
September 17, 2014 | NPR · A slow fade, rather than a hard stop, used to be the popular way to end a pop song. NPR’s Robert Siegel speaks with Slate reporter William Weir about the fade-out’s history and recent decline.
 

Mountain Stage
September 17, 2014 | NPR · The Portland singer counts indie-rock, folk and Celtic musicians among his many collaborators, but here he performs both solo and accompanied by the Mountain Stage band.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab