The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman

The Principles of Uncertainty
by Maira Kalman
Penguin, 2007

At the arty end of the graphic novel spectrum, as evidenced by its fancy Dewey number, 741.6092, which is slightly higher than the official 741.5 and puts it in the same company as books by Aubrey Beardsley and Maurice Sendak. Reprinted from Kalman’s online column (like a blog, but also 0.1092 higher) at the New York Times, this elegant book is basically twelve long illustrated streams of consciousness which cover everything from box collections to abandoned street sofas to analyzing old photos.

There’s an early appearance of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster as well as pieces of embroidery and fragments of paintings, annotated with Kalman’s poetic mixed-case printing. Eccentric but observant and very intelligent… like a Rousseau who can draw.


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