Weightless Arabic

Thanks to this app, I have no qualms about leaving my Hans Wehr at home when I take to the road with an Arabic novel. Now if only the development of Arabic e-books would accelerate a little… Image by calligrapher Mouneer Al-Shaarani via The Ministry of Type


Quotable: Bill Cunningham

I don’t think I’ve ever come across a person more incandescently delighted with his own life than fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, the charmingly eccentric figure profiled in Richard Press’s 2010 documentary. Cunningham has worked for The New York Times since the late ’70s – and he appears to have ushered in a new era for […]


Welcome to the Turn of the Century or Snapshot: 1900

English author Pat Barker didn’t wait for the year 2000 to attempt to capture the 20th century. In The Century’s Daughter, originally published in 1986 (and later retitled Liza’s England) she personifies the century in the form of Liza, a woman born in the north of England at the stroke of midnight on 1 January […]