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The Principles of Uncertaintyby Maira Kalman
Synopses & 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.
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
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
Cherubim and Seraphim
Heaven on Earth
Ich Habe Genug
The Impossibility of February
One Thing Leads To Another
Map of USA by Sara Berman
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