The Principles of Uncertainty

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Penguin Press, 2007 - Art - 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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Love the rich illustrations and discursive writing. - Goodreads
Some great insights. - Goodreads
A terrific, layered read with wonderful pictures. - Goodreads
Lovely illustrations. - Goodreads
Still, this is a nice combination of prose and art. - Goodreads
A very pretty depiction of a year in the life. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jay - Goodreads

The Principles of Uncertainty was certainly more morose than I was expecting. Maria Kalman takes a look at life's purpose, death, and the meaning of everything, and is left with quite a bit of ... Read full review

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User Review  - George Woodliff-Stanley - Goodreads

Mixed feelings—was hoping for some sort of "new insights" into life, but perhaps the ubiquitous lack thereof is part of the point of this book, if there is a point (which perhaps there is not, and if ... 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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