Wednesday, October 31, 2007

More on Maira

On October 20th, I posted Maira Kalman - Once you find her, you won't want to lose her. Thank goodness The New York Times is making it easy for me to keep track of her. This morning there’s a five minute video, a portion of an interview with Maira about her new book, The Principles of Uncertainty.

In the interview, Maira explains that as a young child, she made many, many charts. When she woke up, “check,” got out of bed, “check.” She explained that her early efforts were to “collect and clarify what is happening in this world.” First, she needs to make sense of what is happening, then she needs to make nonsense of it. If you don’t have a sense of humor, you’re a “dead duck.”

The video is delightful. It, along with this Times' feature, may convince you to buy her book. I’m ordering it today. That way I will never lose Maira Kalman.

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