Vital Signs January 1999 The Reality of Written Words By John Lukacs In the beginning was the Word. (Not the picture. Or the number.) We are now at the cusp of a movement into a new age when, for large masses of people, verbal images and verbal imagination seem gradually to be replaced by pictorial images and pictorial imagination. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. John Lukacs John Lukacs American historian who has written more than thirty books, including Five Days in London, May 1940 and A New Republic.