Didn't think a Slate article about fonts would be interesting, but I was wrong. Shame on me, considering I know a hell of a lot about fonts--even have a poem or two about them.
For the record, I had a Brother word processor that I won as a result of a bet. Admittedly, the bet was scribbled on a napkin in a South Carolina bar over tequila, but that's another story (and it's a GOOD one!).
Long ago, I used to work for a retail cookie chain--not Mrs. Fields--and my former district manager said that if I stayed on for another year he would buy a word processor for me. I stayed, and he fulfilled his end of the deal. (He's one of the good guys.) Anyway, the processor's default font was Courier, and the machine lasted all through my undergrad college experience. Once I got my first computer for grad school, and IBM Aptiva, I'm pretty sure the WordPerfect default font was Times. So I've stuck with the Times family ever since. It's a great everyday font that transfers 98 percent of the time to Macs when sharing files. And it looks elegant without being pretentious.
I'm also partial to Galliard and Georgia (the Blogger composing font). But enough about my favorite fonts. Tell me about yours.