Reader's Link - May 2009 Staff Picks Archive

Something to Make You Think

Principles of Uncertainty

Title: Principles of Uncertainty
By: Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman is a wonderful whimsical artist who has drawn many colorful covers for the New Yorker and has written several slightly wacky delightful children's books including Ooh-La-La (Max in Love), Smartypants, and Fireboat, an excellent 9-11 children's book. You don't have to have seen her art or read her books to enjoy Principles of Uncertainty. This book is a thoughtful, poignant, serious combination of drawings and reflections about living a life...and yes...she will make you laugh. This is a lovely catalyst for your own musings or your own journal entries. Don't miss it.

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Posted by Ruby Boggs on May 26, 2009 at 1:44 p.m.

Watching The Oscars Will Never Be The Same.

The Big Show : High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards

Title: The Big Show : High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards
By: Steve Pond

All the in-fighting and back-stabbing and shocking shenanigans of Hollywood and the behind-the-scenes gossip of the biggest show we all love to watch! Written by an observer extraordinaire who loves juicy gossip as much as we do. Now I know just how quirky the hosts can be, and it's the stories of the show's producers that are so fascinating. You will learn how incredibly difficult it is to put this television show together. Published in 2005, Mr. Pond has simply got to revise and update this book.

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Posted by pollockl on May 12, 2009 at 9:24 a.m.

A Colorful History

Color: A Natural History of the Palette

Title: Color: A Natural History of the Palette
By: Victoria Finlay

Doesn't this sound like something that would be assigned in a dry history class? If you think so, you'd be wrong! Victoria Finlay, an excellent writer, has given us a history of the development of color in paint that is actually a page-turner. Extensively researched, we learn that each hue has a fascinating story and along the way, Finlay tells us quite a bit about technique, the lives of artists, and social history. Which color developed first? What does Afghanistan have to do with ultramarine? Why is purple the color of royalty? You don't have to be an artist to become immediately fascinated with each chapter and I promise you, color will never be the same for you after you've finished this history.

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Posted by Ruby Boggs on May 2, 2009 at 8:56 a.m.

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