Our Golden Hour Part I: Gifts for Bangladesh

Quite quietly, in the upper room of Algiers Cafe on Brattle Street in Cambridge, an extraordinary seasonal gift exchange took place yesterday morning. I was meeting with my friend, colleague, and collaborator Maung Nyeu, founder of the amazing non-profit organization … Read More

The Alphabets Hop South

September is always the busiest month for the Alphabets, and the rush began this past weekend with the first of three major public appearances: in the Sterling Hardwoods wood shop on Pine Street as part of the South End Art … Read More

Struggling with Cumaru

I learn all kinds of things by carving the Alphabets—about various cultures, about writing itself, about spirituality, about physics, about the history of technology. Nothing prepared me, though, for cumaru. A couple of weeks ago I got a commission to … Read More

Who is This Mongolian Calligrapher?

My friend Zulaa O from Mongolia sent me this wonderful piece of Mongolian calligraphy as a New Year’s greeting–appropriately, as it says “Happy New Year” in classical Mongolian bichig characters.     I went to work with a nice piece … Read More

The Death of the Traditional Urdu Script

Terrence Sehr just sent me an article by Ali Eteraz on the decline and endangerment of the traditional Urdu script called nastaliq. It’s a great article, and it parallels what has been happening with both Chinese and Arabic–namely, the movement away … Read More

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