The Principles of Uncertainty

The Principles of Uncertainty


By (author) Maira Kalman

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  • Publisher: The Penguin Press
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 234mm x 28mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 16 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 159420134X
  • ISBN 13: 9781594201349
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 83,713

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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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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."

Table of contents

The Principles of UncertaintyMay 2006 Sorry, the Rest Unknown June 2006 Celestial harmony July 2006 Cherubim and Seraphim August 2006 Heaven on Earth September 2006 Still October 2006 Collecting Myself November 2006 Paris December 2006 Ich Habe Genug January 2007 Completely February 2007 The Impossibility of February March 2007 One Thing Leads To Another April 2007 Finale Index Appendix Map of USA by Sara Berman