The Principles of Uncertainty
Penguin Press, 2007, (Paperback, 2010)
“The Principles of Uncertainty” is an irresistible invitation to experience life through the psyche of Maira Kalman. Her brilliant, whimsical paintings, ideas, and images-which initially appear random-ultimately form an intricately interconnected worldview, an idiosyncratic inner monologue. Kalman contends with some existential questions-What is identity? What is happiness? Why do we fight wars? And then, of course, death, love, and candy (not necessarily in that order). The tremendous success of Kalman’s 2005 illustrated edition of Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style” established her as an original, inspirational voice, with her quirky, hilarious, heartbreaking style.