Homage to Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo Citation

In memory of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who died in prison on 13 July 2017. This citation is from the Charter 8 manifesto, which he and other Chinese intellectuals and human rights activists authored in 2008.

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I’m With You

I'm With You

Alan Ginsberg dedicated the third section of Howl to Carl Solomon, whom he met at a psychiatric hospital in 1949. Ginsberg sympathized with Solomon, who, like Ginsberg’s mother, struggled with mental illness and received shock treatment. He describes the events that occurred in Solomon’s life, including the horrors he endured in the psychiatric institution (Rockland.)

Copyright © 1956, 2006 by the Allen Ginsberg Trust, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC

This piece was accepted into the Painted Words exhibit at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. It will be there through July 23rd.

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We Stand Together

In remembrance of the victims of the bombings at Manchester Arena on May 22nd, 2017, and in support of their families and friends.

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O Sleep

O Sleep

I have always sympathized with King Henry IV who desperately laments his inability to go to sleep.

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Happy Birthday William Caslon

William Caslon

William Caslon put England on the typographic map in 1734 when “Caslon” came out, providing stiff competition for Dutch typefaces. It became the most popular typeface of the 18th century, in particular in the colonies, where it was used to print the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. George Bernard Shaw admired the typeface so much that he insisted that all his work be set in Caslon. When not designing type, William brewed beer for his monthly soirées.

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Italian Hand

Italian Hand, April 2017Last weekend, I attended the Poetic Pen calligraphy workshop, taught by Heather Held, where we learned Italian Hand, the ancestor of English Roundhand. It’s quirky, but Heather’s enthusiasm is infectious, and I soon fell in love with its blobs and flamboyant curlicues. This is my exemplar.

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A Blackletter Typeface

Archaeopteryx

Learning typeface design with Carl Crossgrove and Type@CooperWest. Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Coq au VinWhat better way to celebrate the Chinese New Year than with Coq au Vin?

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Après Trois Ans

Verlaine - Après Trois Ans

An excerpt from Paul Verlaine’s poem Après Trois Ans (After Three Years).

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Fabulous New Year 2017!

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