When a picture IS a thousand words

I subscribe to a lot of newsletters. Lots of topics, lots of industries, lots of different treatments. I’m just interested in lots of things 😄

One thing I subscribe to is “e news” from the Newberry Library in Chicago. The Newberry is one of the finest libraries in the world, IMO. I first learned of it when I was in graduate school and taking courses on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. To me, as a book lover and PhD student in English, the Newberry was like this magical, near-mythical place. When I had the opportunity to present a paper there at a grad student conference, I felt I was hitting the big time.

The Newberry’s “E-news” that hits my inbox is always full of interesting articles on unusual topics. Exactly my cup of tea! And this morning’s newsletter had one article on such a creative topic that I wanted to share it with you.

Sadly, it appears that WordPress is not going to let me do the cool “embed” thing, where you can see the beginning of an article right here, which you can then click on to go to that site and read the whole thing. The best I can do is supply the link. Sigh. Don’t you hate it when technology refuses to let you do the cool things?

Anyway, here is the link in case you would like to click over and read the article. Basically it’s about a very old art form in which pictures are made up of words.


If you live anywhere near Chicago and are up to visiting the Newberry library, you can go see the exhibit of calligraphy that inspired the article and includes examples of this “microcalligtaphy” art. Here’s the link to that exhibit, which closes at the end of December.


About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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