The principles of uncertainty

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 325 pages
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Maira Kalman paints her highly personal worldview in an inimitable combination of image and text.

The Principles of Uncertainty is an irresistible invitation to experience life through the psyche of Maira Kalman, one of this country's most beloved artists. The result is a book that is part personal narrative, part documentary, part travelogue, part chapbook, and all Kalman. Her brilliant, whimsical paintings, ideas, and images-which initially appear random-ultimately form an intricately interconnected worldview, an idiosyncratic inner monologue. Kalman contends with some existential questions-What is identity? What is happiness? Why do we fight wars? And then, of course, death, love, and candy (not necessarily in that order).

The tremendous success of Kalman's 2005 illustrated edition of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style established her as an original, inspirational voice, and the quirky, hilarious, heartbreaking style of The Principles of Uncertainty reveals Maira Kalman for what she truly is: a national treasure.

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Hmmm.... I am not quite sure how to review this book. It is not a traditional reading book, but rather each page has illustrations on it, and some writing. For example, if I just open up the book to a ... Read full review

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This is true delight in book form. An extraordinary view of the world and the people in it and the meaning of life and ideas and images and whimsey and seriousness and sadness and joy and carrying on... This book was given to me by a dear friend. I will cherish the meaning of the gift always. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

In her own words: "born. bucolic childhood. culture-stuffed adolescence. played piano. stopped. danced. stopped. wrote. discarded writing. drew. reinstated writing. married Tibor Kalman and collaborated at iconoclastic yet successful design studio. wrote and painted children's books. worried. took up Ping-Pong. relaxed. wrote and painted for many magazines.  cofounded the Rubber Band Society. amused. children: two. dog: one.

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