We're a couple from Alabama and North Carolina who moved to Boston back in 2007. We miss the South. But aren't quite ready to move back there yet.
And much like other Southerners who have pangs of being away from home (Faulkner, Morris and Blount Jr. all come to mind), we have a similar longing for it. One that we find is often better when we've been away for a spell.
After the Alabama tornadoes in April of '11, I (Micah) just couldn't help expressing my broken heart for my smashed state. All the mess that surrounds history and race relations and social disparity fades away when there are people, kinfolk and not, who are hurting. I think I saw the best of Southerners come out then.
Faulkner said to write what you know. Well, as a couple in the cold north, we're going to do one different: we're going to design what we know.
We're here to make things that connect people to places. Right now those things are mainly letterpress posters, printed on old machines with moveable type and wood blocks, just like what would have been used a hundred years ago. Later those things might be other things. Who knows where this will lead us?
Whatever the case, it's going to be Southern. Because we are. Even when we aren't.
Here's to taking a chance and seeing where it takes us. Here's to the Old Try.