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

En Route: Four Sets of Numbers

Phew! Thanks to generous support from several of you and a week of carving, painting, and finishing, eight pieces of maple, 6″x6″, are on their way to my friend Maung in Cambridge, and then with him to the Chittagong Hill … Read More

Lessons from Ottawa, Part Three: Numbers Don’t Lie

Between October 2-4, a group of some of the world’s top experts on indigenous languages met in Ottawa under the auspices of the Foundation for Endangered Languages. Some of the research presented at the conference is of direct and urgent relevance … 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

The Kickstarter For Bangladesh: Funded!

  HEADLINE NEWS: THE KICKSTARTER FUNDRAISER IS OVER, WITH A FINAL TOTAL OF JUST OVER $11,000. DETAILS TO FOLLOW. FILM AT 11. Please visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1496420787/endangered-alphabets-ii-saving-languages-in-bangla. We aim to create beautiful carved signs and the first books ever printed in some … Read More

The Endangered Alphabets’ European Tour, Part II: Even Before We Left Boston

  The Alphabets Lite edition in its London bus-themed wheely-case left Vermont last Sunday, June 24th. The plan was to take a couple of days in Boston so my daughter Maddy could visit some prospective colleges and art schools, and … 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