I just finished reading (and adoring) The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman. The book comes from a year-long blog Kalman did for the New York Times of the same name. Since reading her work, the world of Maira Kalman has bloomed around me. I’ve learned she is a woman who has illustrated twelve children’s books, many of which were considered to be ‘too hip and worldly-wise’ for children, a series of these children’s books about Max Stravinsky, the Poet-Dog (how cool is that!). She has designed objects from umbrellas to coasters to covers of the New Yorker. Kalman is a collector of empty boxes, sponges from around the world, and postcards from the Hotel Celeste in Tunisia.
——- Kalman also illustrated the Elements of Style in 2007 by William Strunk, Jr., and E.B. White, which is perhaps the best-known prescriptive treatment of English grammar and usage, often required reading in U.S. high schools and universities, originally published in 1918. (see the un-illustrated cover & Kalman’s version)
Below is a video Kalman did for the Elements of Style (the great song you hear is “El Pecador” by Los Panchos):
She is currently writing for the Times, posting one blog per month called “And the Pursuit of Happiness”.