style with style

I grew up with The Elements of Style, but I guarantee my copy was nowhere near this gorgeous. Maybe it’s time for a new one. I might need to get it for the illustrations alone.

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These illustrations are by Maira Kalman, who also has a gorgeous and super-fantastic illustrated blog for The New York Times.  Her last blog for them, called The Principles of Uncertainty, is now a book, too–and I want it for my birthday (if you’d like to send me a gift). She does a lot of New Yorker covers, of course and lots of children’s books.  I LOVE her work like crazy. I wish I had 50 of these to hang all over my house.

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And if you’re looking for a way to spend a couple of lovely minutes, go check out the movie she made for The Elements of Style.  Lovely.

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And now that I’ve seen her give a talk about her work, I’m officially in love.  She’s brilliant, and I wish I could go spend a week with her in New York and get her to tell me about everything she’s ever painted.

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2 responses to “style with style

  1. Linsey

    MUST get one of these!

  2. Oh Katherine, you have made me fall in love with everything Maira. I am going to be looking for the book that she has so perfectly illustrated.
    I loved her short film and I could listen to her talk about her life and career every other day.
    Thanks for the introduction.
    Susan

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