Stars In His Eyes Over A Pen

The New York Times

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON, an astrophysicist and the Frederick P. Rose director of the Hayden Planetarium, is a big guy. He stands 6-foot-2 and has hands that can palm a basketball. He speaks in a booming baritone. In his TriBeCa loft, he ambles around a space with 14-foot ceilings. When he studies the stars, he goes to the tops of mountains like Palomar and Cerro Tololo to look through their powerful telescopes. He thinks big.

He even writes big, with scrolls and flourishes. A calligrapher, he is adept with quill pens made from fluffy ostrich plumes and, lately, a Nightline fountain pen made by the Japanese company Namiki.

This is the pen, he said. . . .

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