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

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

Support the Alphabets Project via Kickstarter

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That remarkable arts fundraising organization Kickstarter.com has accepted the Endangered Alphabets as a fundraising project. In other words, you can now give direct, material, and rewarding support to this project by visiting its Kickstarter page. The thing is, the Alphabets … 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

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