LETTERLETTER: AN INCONSISTENT COLLECTION OF TENTATIVE THEORIES THAT DO NOT CLAIM ANY OTHER AUTHORITY THAN THAT OF COMMON SENSE by Gerrit Noordzij
Hartley & Marks Publishers, 2000 First edition, 178 pp., 7" X 9" (approx.) Softcover
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This iconoclastic collection of essays on typography, writing and life is the work of Gerrit Noordzij, a master calligrapher and teacher of lettering and type design at The Hague. Letterletter opens up whole new perspectives on not just the world of letterforms but on the world and the written word, in general. Occasionally cranky, always well-written and insightful, Letterletter is an invaluable design tool and, more importantly, a pure pleasure to read. As Noordzij notes, "Its lack of dignity, authority and tolerance could not prevent Letterletter from becoming a collectors item." I guess he was wrong about that...