Maira Kalman is back!

kalman-selfport.jpgMaira Kalman has been doing New Yorker covers and illustrations and children’s books and all sorts of things for ages. She crossed my path officially when a friend gave me the re-issue of Elements of Style, for which Kalman had done the art work.

I didn’t love the pictures at first, but the whole thing, as an endeavor grew on me. She pulled odd things out of the text to illustrate, marginal things and I liked that more and more.

Then she did a blog for the Times that I loved and that ended up in her book Principles of Uncertainty and which I gave to everyone for Christmas that year. Her optimism and art lightened the sky when I was suffering and losing perspective.

Well, she’s back: she’s got a last Friday of the month blog, again at

(If you’d like to see her in person, there’s a brief video of an interview on Principles of Uncertainty here.)

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