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Here’s a thought about drawing as handwriting (sort of)

[P]ictures, to be sure, are more imperative than writing, they impose meaning at one stroke, without analyzing or diluting it. But this is no longer a constitutive difference. Pictures become a kind of writing as soon as they are meaningful: like writing, they call for a lexis.

— Roland Barthes, in Mythologies (1957)

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