The Principles of Uncertainty

Maira Kalman

Maybe you saw these when they were posted as Maira Kalman’s blog on and now it’s only available as this book, which is not such a bad thing. It’s kind of a comic of paintings while also somewhat of a general elegy on the finiteness of life. People who have died are a recurring theme; even some of the people she mentions visiting back in 2006 have since passed on — Louise Bourgeois, Helen Levitt. But her sense of humor particularly tickles me. I read half of it before bed and the rest with breakfast.

The Principles of Uncertainty

Kalman’s blog currently documents her take on the topic of American democracy (but this will also become a book this fall). She is also responsible for the illustrated version of The Elements of Style.