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 on May 26, 2009 at 6:44 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 on May 2, 2009 at 1:56 a.m.

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