The Principles of Uncertainty (Paperback)

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The ambiguity of life can cause you to spin into existential despair. But fear not--we have Maira Kalman's gorgeous book, The Principles of Uncertainty to infuse whimsy and absurdity into those things that make life heavy. Full of her wondrous paintings and handwriting, this book is an absolute delight!

— Julie Jarema

My first, and definitely not my last, book by Maira Kalman. It was sweet and charming and not naive. I love the way Kalman looks at the world: noting small details that would have been overlooked, obsessing over all of the amazing hats, and making connections between people and art. This is a special book to get you through heartache or the winter doldrums, but would also be a good reference to keep in your bag to review any and every day.

— Christy

Description


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


Maira Kalman is an illustrator, an author, and a designer. She is the author of And the Pursuit of Happiness, The Principles of Uncertainty, Beloved Dog, and Cake. She is the illustrator of Michael Pollan's Food Rules and the bestselling edition of William Strunk and E. B. White's The Elements of Style. Kalman's work is shown at the Julie Saul Gallery in Manhattan.

Praise For…


“Sublime…  Kalman’s elegantly witty and at times melancholy narrative runs arm in arm with her unmistakable paintings on a serendipitous romp through the history of the world.”Vanity Fair
 
“Wildly original…there’s nothing else even remotely like it… This hilarious, wise, and deeply moving volume [is] the ultimate picture book for grown-ups.”O Magazine
 
“An odd treasure.”—Ariel Levy, The New York Times Book Review
 
“Within this work, as much literary as artistic, one finds the assurance (the certainty!) that the human condition is inescapable but not insurmountable.”—The New York Observer
 
“In her distinctive, muscularly whimsical paintings with sad-funny handwritten annotations, Kalman encounters, well, everything…More personal than much of her previous work, the book is simultaneously idiosyncratic and universal.  And utterly lovable.” —Culture + Travel
 
“This is a unique, warmly intelligent book for the enjoyment of artists, writers and anyone who delights in works of genuine imagination.”—L.K. Hanson, Minnesota Star Tribune
 
“My absolute favorite book of recent memory: an exquisite and delightful and peculiarly illustrated memoir about…well, the search for the meaning of life. I will be giving this book to everyone I know.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143116462
ISBN-10: 0143116460
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: October 27th, 2009
Pages: 336
Language: English