World: The Handwriting on the Walls--and Streets

READING Red China's proliferating posters for either news or propaganda is an art in itself. In the flourishing brush strokes of Chinese calligraphy, the tatzebao alternately denounce, cajole, exhort and praise. Last week they so covered the walls of cities, government buildings and even private huts that the citizens of Canton had to read their messages on the ground, where frustrated Red Guards laid out their latest scribblings and weighted them down with stones.

The posters appear in three forms. One is the size of a newspaper page, inscribed with delicate characters. The second is roughly the size of a sheet of...

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