The Principles of Uncertainty

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Penguin Press, 2007 - Art - 325 pages
346 Reviews
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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Love the rich illustrations and discursive writing. - Goodreads
Some great insights. - Goodreads
A terrific, layered read with wonderful pictures. - Goodreads
Lovely illustrations. - Goodreads
Beautiful illustrations accompained with quirky notes - Goodreads
... i opened it to perfect drawings and photographs. - Goodreads

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meh. the format is cool, the pictures are pretty, and there is a cute inspirations-type section at the end, but the angsty writing is a bore. Read full review

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I'd never heard of this book before, but when I read somewhere about it, the title gripped me. Almost two weeks after 'reading' and finishing it, I still don't really know how to classify this book ... 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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