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I say: Yes to name-calling

Asad Latif
Published Fri, Sep 9, 2022 · 12:00 PM

AS PHYSICAL calling cards take on a digital afterlife, the tactile texture of old-style name cards invokes memories of a receding age in which social and professional identity was established initially through the simple gift of print on paper. I have a collection of such cards.

Some speak of power, such as former American ambassador Kirk Wagar’s otherwise functional card that carries the gold-embossed insignia of a country which occupies the commanding heights of the realms of war and peace. The card depicts through visual understatement the concrete realities of American power.

I remember brief conversations with the ambassador and his excellent wife on occasions such as Black History Month or the breaking of the fast during Ramadan.

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