I first became acquainted with Maira Kalman's work when I bought The Principles of Uncertainty on a whim (thank you, Amazon recommendations). It turned out to be the better choice over Alice in Sunderland anyway, which I still can't muster any enthusiasm for.

Anyway, I just discovered that she blogs for the New York Times (which continues to amaze me with its overwhelming breadth). And the Pursuit of Happiness is themed around American democracy, starting with Obama's inauguration. My favourite is probably In Love with A Lincoln but Can Do and I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door are pretty good too ("then came dinosaurs and motorcycles").


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