The Atelier! No, the Studio! No, the Garage!

It doesn’t get much more high-tech than this, folks: here’s the fourth and final panel of the Endangered Poem Sculpture getting its coats of polyurethane–in my garage. Yes, this project, 15 months in the making, is nearly done. But I … Read More

Digital Himalaya

The latest carving is a piece for Mark Turin of Yale. For those of you (like me) not fluent in Nepali, it reads “Digital Himalaya”–the name of a multimedia ethnographic project gathering information from the Himalayan region. Even more unfamiliar … Read More

Endangered Tableware

Struck by an idea–and the almost incurable itch to carve endangered scripts into pieces of beautiful wood–I have invented the Endangered Trivet. Intended to keep food and drink stains off our beautiful cherry table, it’s made of mahogany, and I … Read More

Ups and Downs of an Endangered Alphabet

Just because I’m working with endangered alphabets doesn’t mean they are static relics, dry as desert sand. In fact, many are being tugged one way or the other every day: some are being studied by academics, some are the subject … Read More

TV Scripts (No, Not That Kind of Script)

When I was in Bangladesh last week, meeting members of some of the country’s indigenous peoples and thinking a great deal about endangered alphabets, I found myself thinking about issues of script loss even in my down time—in other words, … Read More

That Mysterious Alphabet Named, and Other Adventures in Amateur Anthropology

  As alert readers of this blog know, I’m in Bangladesh in search of an endangered alphabet. To be specific, any one of the scripts used by one of the indigenous peoples living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in south-eastern … Read More

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