May 1965

Love and Joy About Letters.

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By Ben Shahn. Price, $15. Pp 79, with many illustrations. Grossman Publishers, Inc., 125A E 19th St, New York, NY 10003, 1963.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(5):618-619. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03860170100027

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Most of us lead lives which are not so much lives of quiet frustration, as of profound insignificance, magnified by marching off our paces back and forth on the low way to oblivion, or riding our creaking hobby horses through the dusts of ineffectuality, hoping to stir up enough of a cloud to create some attention. Usually it suffices only to get sand or mold into the eyes of the casual and bewildered beholder. Unwillingness to observe, or perhaps the inability to observe, is a a protective mechanism. Too often when we perceive, as well as see, it makes life too unpleasant. We feel too keenly our natural insecurity. But that is not the reason few observers observe. Observing is too much work and trouble. All of which is by way of introducing a few words dealing with letters and lettering. What do we know of the origin, form, design,

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