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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.

Synopsis:

In July 2008, illustrator and designer Christoph Niemann began Abstract City, a visual blog for the New York Times. His posts were inspired by the desire to re-create simple and everyday observations and stories from his own life that everyone could relate to. In Niemannandrsquo;s hands, mundane experiences such as riding the subway or trying to get a good nightandrsquo;s sleep were transformed into delightful flights of visual fancy. The struggle to keep up with housework became a battle against adorable but crafty goblins, and nostalgia about New York manifested in simple but strikingly spot-on LEGO creations. This brilliantly illustrated collection of reflections on modern life includes all 16 of the original blog posts as well as a new chapter created exclusively for the book.

Praise for Abstract City:

andldquo;Everyday experiencesandmdash;from looking at leaves to riding city subwaysandmdash;are funny and fresh and often a source of wonder when depicted by this brilliant graphic designer.andrdquo; andmdash;Readers Digest

andldquo;I will call Christoph when anything awful happens to me. And he will make me laugh like crazy about the whole thing. Because he is insanely funny and completely tenderly true. I love every column he did and will do.andrdquo; andmdash;Maira Kalman, author/illustrator of And the Pursuit of Happiness

andldquo;Christoph Niemann is the best illustrator alive. Every single time I come across a piece of his work, which is often as he either works all the time, or worse, draws incredibly fast, it is wonderful. While the rest of us are lucky to get a proper piece out here and there, Christoph produces hit after hit after hit. If he wasnandrsquo;t such a genuinely sweet man, weandrsquo;d surely hate his ass a lot.andrdquo; andmdash;Stefan Sagmeister, author of Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far

andldquo;Few books have more probingly and humorously gotten inside the mind and day-to-day experience of an artist.andrdquo; andmdash;NPR.org

andquot;Whatandrsquo;s terrifying (to me, certainly, and possibly to many of his peers) is that nearly every idea he has seems to be equally well formed . . . once again, performing neat, virtuosic circles around the rest of us, to our delight.andquot; andmdash;PRINT magazine

andquot;Irresistible.andquot; andmdash;Very Short List

andldquo;A masterpiece of sophisticated humor, this is a brilliant one-of-a-kind work.andrdquo; andmdash;Library Journal, starred review

Synopsis:

Maira Kalman paints her highly personal worldview in this inimitable combination of image and text

An irresistible invitation to experience life through a beloved artist?s psyche, The Principles of Uncertainty is a compilation of Maira Kalman?s New York Times columns. Part personal narrative, part documentary, part travelogue, part chapbook, and all Kalman, these brilliant, whimsical paintings, ideas, and images?which initially appear random?ultimately form an intricately interconnected worldview, an idiosyncratic inner monologue.

About the Author

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 Uncertainty May 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

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Wendy in Port Townsend, October 23, 2011 (view all comments by Wendy in Port Townsend)
This is a very special book. I've long admired Maira Kalman's work in The New Yorker and her children's books, so it was a treat to read a book full of her work and thoughts. She is inspiring, because she is awed by the world, incredibly talented, childlike in her perspective, well-connected, and full of contradictions. This book is handwritten, mostly comments and questions that accompany her paintings, and also some photographs, so you can read it in an hour or so. However, it's also a book that will call you back to savor a page or a chapter if you leave it sitting around the house.
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cleo, April 1, 2009 (view all comments by cleo)
Fantastic book. I would love to have the ability to purchase a copy for everyone, everywhere. Maira Kalman appreciates the small treasures and minute details that we, generally speaking, may overlook in our day to day goings on. Along with this sought after ability, Kalman applies these small, sometimes meaningless, objects and experiences to a more holistic view. The author asks herself and the reader, larger life questions which continue to flee from our grasp. We are left with the same questions, however, Kalman leaves us with more contentment than we had on page one.
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Roberta, October 22, 2007 (view all comments by Roberta)
If you read these 12 illustrated essays on NYTimeSelect last year as they came out each month, you've been waiting for this book to come out for a long time. If you didn't, you should have, and you would be. Maira's wisdom and wit, her talent with words and paint and camera, are deep, brilliant, heart-warming, thought-provoking, soul-stirring, laugh-making. This is a book to buy in multiple copies, because anyone you like will like this book. If they don't, maybe you shouldn't like them so much after all. My favorite on the screen was June 2006 (Cecil Beaton's sister! Kepler's collar! Mrs. Einstein who taught math!). In book form, where you can page back and forth, it's much harder to choose.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594201349
Author:
Kalman, Maira
Publisher:
Penguin Press
Author:
Niemann, Christoph
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Mind & Body
Subject:
Illustrators
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Individual Artists - General
Subject:
Illustrators -- United States.
Subject:
Kalman, Maira - Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-color throughout
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.75 x 6.25 x 1.25 in
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 256 pages Penguin Press - English 9781594201349 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
In July 2008, illustrator and designer Christoph Niemann began Abstract City, a visual blog for the New York Times. His posts were inspired by the desire to re-create simple and everyday observations and stories from his own life that everyone could relate to. In Niemannandrsquo;s hands, mundane experiences such as riding the subway or trying to get a good nightandrsquo;s sleep were transformed into delightful flights of visual fancy. The struggle to keep up with housework became a battle against adorable but crafty goblins, and nostalgia about New York manifested in simple but strikingly spot-on LEGO creations. This brilliantly illustrated collection of reflections on modern life includes all 16 of the original blog posts as well as a new chapter created exclusively for the book.

Praise for Abstract City:

andldquo;Everyday experiencesandmdash;from looking at leaves to riding city subwaysandmdash;are funny and fresh and often a source of wonder when depicted by this brilliant graphic designer.andrdquo; andmdash;Readers Digest

andldquo;I will call Christoph when anything awful happens to me. And he will make me laugh like crazy about the whole thing. Because he is insanely funny and completely tenderly true. I love every column he did and will do.andrdquo; andmdash;Maira Kalman, author/illustrator of And the Pursuit of Happiness

andldquo;Christoph Niemann is the best illustrator alive. Every single time I come across a piece of his work, which is often as he either works all the time, or worse, draws incredibly fast, it is wonderful. While the rest of us are lucky to get a proper piece out here and there, Christoph produces hit after hit after hit. If he wasnandrsquo;t such a genuinely sweet man, weandrsquo;d surely hate his ass a lot.andrdquo; andmdash;Stefan Sagmeister, author of Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far

andldquo;Few books have more probingly and humorously gotten inside the mind and day-to-day experience of an artist.andrdquo; andmdash;NPR.org

andquot;Whatandrsquo;s terrifying (to me, certainly, and possibly to many of his peers) is that nearly every idea he has seems to be equally well formed . . . once again, performing neat, virtuosic circles around the rest of us, to our delight.andquot; andmdash;PRINT magazine

andquot;Irresistible.andquot; andmdash;Very Short List

andldquo;A masterpiece of sophisticated humor, this is a brilliant one-of-a-kind work.andrdquo; andmdash;Library Journal, starred review

"Synopsis" by ,
Maira Kalman paints her highly personal worldview in this inimitable combination of image and text

An irresistible invitation to experience life through a beloved artist?s psyche, The Principles of Uncertainty is a compilation of Maira Kalman?s New York Times columns. Part personal narrative, part documentary, part travelogue, part chapbook, and all Kalman, these brilliant, whimsical paintings, ideas, and images?which initially appear random?ultimately form an intricately interconnected worldview, an idiosyncratic inner monologue.

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