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I was just wondering: is it even possible to have a decent academic writing (i.e., not too fancy) typeset on MAC OSX’s bundled/native fonts and/or free fonts?
Somehow all the fonts available for running text on MAC OSX seem to have a weird deficiency — weird final forms of Hoefler Text (which has only black, no bold), ugly bold Baskerville, too-fancy Cochin, too-common (read: boring and unappealing) Helvetica and Times, Bodoni only 72 pt, and the list goes on.
I haven’t found free fonts out there much more reassuring (a possible exception is Gentium).
And by the way: no, I won’t pay $100 for a font, as I’m not a designer and make no money from it.
Is it advisable to just stop caring about fonts?