Beat the Heat, Heal the Knee

With this heat, with me stuck at home recovering from knee replacement surgery, with no air conditioning, things around my living-room are getting perilously close to erupting into inner-city violence. The only solution: find something to carve. This is not … Read More

Smithsonian Wrap-Up

Wow. Even as your intrepid Endangered Alphabets team (Maung Nyeu, our friend and collaborator from the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, calligrapher/printer Jamie Kutner, Cindy Barnes, myself, and invisible back-in-Vermont laser-dude Paul Ledak) are recovering from several weeks of intense exertion and … Read More

Hunting the Dinosaur: Glagolitic

Let’s face it, even the name sounds like a genus of dinosaur: Glagolyticus paleographus. In fact, showing my usual oceanic ignorance, I didn’t even include the Glagolitic script in the original Endangered Alphabets exhibition because I thought it was extinct. … Read More

Assyrian Wisdom, Syriac Script

If you are wearing shoes, Step on thorns and open A path for your children and grandchildren. –Advice from Ahiqar, sage and advisor to the Assyrian king Sennacherib, to his nephew. A month ago, George Bet-Shlimon sent me four text … Read More

The West African proverbs

For the past couple of months, Charles Riley at Yale has been sending me proverbs in (mostly) endangered alphabets from West Africa. I’m hoping to set up a proper gallery for them shortly, including translations, but I couldn’t resist posting … Read More

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

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