Amazon Best of the Month, Octhober 2007: In 2005 Maira Kalman brought a fresh vision to Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, filling the pages of the reference classic with her whimsical illustrations. And much like its multi-talented creator--who has illustrated children's books and New Yorker covers and collaborated on fashion projects with Kate Spade and Isaac Mizrahi--her new book, The Principles of Uncertainty, defies easy classification. Is it philosophy? Art? Memoir? Travel? Sociology? The answer is All of the Above (and more). This charming collection of text, paintings, and photography presents a "profusely illustrated" year in a 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 often very moving, this little charmer is a a book you might find nestled on Wes Anderson's coffee table. --Brad Thomas Parsons --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Reviewers were not faint in their praise of The Principles of Uncertainty, even if they spent most of their energy attempting to describe it. And no wonder: the list of items that Maira Kalman describes in the book could almost fill a book itself, even without her illustrations. Readers who are unfamiliar with Kalmanâs work but respond to even a few items on that list should probably take a look at Principles. Those who know her childrenâs books or illustrations will be excited to see her take on a broader range of topics, including âthe images and confusion of the dreamworld [that] linger in our waking hoursâ and create deep emotion and consciousness from her art (New York Times Book Review). But as with any book, the most important question will be whether the imagesâ"here, mostly visualâ"affect the readerâs own perceptions of the world.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Great coffee table book! Great sense of humor and nostalgia.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really! Have we stooped to the level where random thoughts and pictures constitute art? I guess some people call a dot on a canvas "art. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter Ause
this book completely filled my expectations, not only is quality content but also the book as such. It would be an excellent gift for people who likes the pictures, the color and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Maria Teresa Lopez
Maira Kalman is one in a million! Her books are deceivingly simple, yet so profound. I love her books, including the ones for children. RitaPublished 3 months ago by Rita Stern
I will choose 'The Principle of Uncertainty' if I have to select only one book written in English to keep. Read morePublished 6 months ago by T.U. Scott
This is an extraordinary book. Through the unusual medium of seemingly simple but powerful pictures and small pithy segments of text, the author offers us a way to capture fleeting... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Diane U
Delightful, insightful, whimsical and profound. Makes me want to go out and buy a hat - in Paris!Published 9 months ago by Lizzy