The Principles of Uncertainty

The Principles of Uncertainty

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by Maira Kalman
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143116462
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
210,232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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."

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
November 15, 1949
Place of Birth:
Tel Aviv, Israel
Education:
New York University, 1967-70
Website:
http://www.MairaKalman.com

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The Principles of Uncertainty 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
This book can be read in less than an hour but I highly suggest the reader take the time to enjoy and reflect not only on the words but on the pictures and paintings as well. This is a whimsical book that will entertain as well as provide insight and illumination.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a treasure- an oppportunity to join a wise and generous soul who chronicles the unusual and everyday about her life's experiences with an uncanny ability to conjur meaning. It's witty, touching, a kick. I return to it when I need to 'reset' and give it to friends to share the delight. Originally published online by the New York Times, it was a gift. Still is.