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The Cover
February 10, 2010

Vocalization

JAMA. 2010;303(6):486. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.64

Blinded by love, Shakespeare's Romeo would shrug off the importance of namesakes when he asked Juliet, “What's in a name?” Juliet would eventually concede to a name's negligibility. Yet apply the same inquiry to the artist John Covert (1882-1960) and the answer would have been much different. Fate ensured that a man named “Covert” would be deeply attracted to games, puns, puzzles, and wordplay throughout his life. His interests were cultivated through the contemporary currents in the art world, which were embracing the abstract over the real, the allusory over the direct, and form over subject.

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