The Principles of Uncertainty

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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 reissu 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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336
Original Title of the Book
The Principles of Uncertainty
Publication Date
Published November 1st 2007 by Penguin Press (first published October 18th 2007

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i wanted to unstitch this book arefully, saving every thread in a ball jar and staple them to telephone poles in succession.

or against the winter gray clouds, crayola crayon drawings from their youth stuck with the letter a magnet on refrigerators that chug along.

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his charming collection of text, paintings, and photography presents a " profusely illustrated " year in life, with illustrated musings that range from a young Nabokov " sitting innocently and elegantly in a red chair " to two stuffed rabbits in the window at Paris 's Deyrolles taxidermy to Kitty Carlisle Hart at home in her " pearly pink palace. " Delightful, inspiring, and also very moving, this little charmer is a a book you ca find nestled on Wes Anderson 's coffee table.

I coul hear Maurice Chevalier singing " Thank Heaven For Little Girls " like he does in " Gigi. " I would love to have a woman over for dinner.

I need to uy anothe book for everyone I love.

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* illustration of an Italian three tier fruit platter* " -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I love Kalman 's attention to details.

I love the random things pop up in her paintings- the confused looking dog accompanying a local celebrity, the onl, cotton clouds circling a donuts shop, the warm dots of leaves in the background of some famous dude.

I love how her illustrations make me nee to gobble he book up.

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Another autobiography is like Agnes Varda 's later films in book form.

How will I have just heard about it today, checked it out of the library, and read a hole thing already?

Another essa, a ook by Maira Kalman.

his book full of illustrations.Dodos and hairdos, this Maira Kalman.

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The book cost me about 30 cents at Barnes and Noble and took me ess than an hour to read ...

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( " takes one to know one! " my inner critic is yelling right now, as I kno of number of times I 've written self-indulgent insights in my journal, thinking they were quite profound at the time ... " but I must n't publish them! " I think .... but maybe given the chanc, I will.) I uess my main isappointment with he nove is that I do n't eel like I walked away with any new insight at all, and it looke like the write was rying to rewrit anothe ook that migh giv people go " aha!

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