I first discovered Maira Kalman’s funny and colorful illustrations in the Illustrated Elements of Style (Strunk and White). What could be better than a stuffy grammar book made entertaining by irreverent visual interpretations?
From there, I enjoyed Maira’s other books such as The Principles of Uncertainty. I’ve been an ardent fan and student from afar, studying her style and voice. She’s fiercely smart and joyfully expressed, and I’ve learned a lot from her visual narratives in the New York Times.
One day a few years ago, I was walking the High Line in New York with a friend. Suddenly, I spotted Maira walking with her friend. OMG! I grabbed my friend’s arm. It’s Maira Kalman! I SO SO wanted to talk to her, but when I am in the presence of someone I deeply admire, I turn quite shy. We followed her for a few steps before I realized I couldn’t bring myself to approach her.
Friday reads!!! As usual, a big stack here in the home/studio.
For the Japan book club, I loved Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being. Next up, Pico Iyer’s The Lady and the Monk. Couldn’t resist his Art of Stillness, because I’ll be home for most of the summer.
Getting my travel jollies with Best American Travel Writing, loved the essay on Tokyo and AirBnB.
For my book group, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, good but giving me nightmares as I read novels before bed only.
Happy City by Charles Montgomery to feed my fascination with cities and how they (can) function well. Speaking of cities, I’m loving the fun Impressions of Paris by Cat Seto.
I took a workshop with Vanessa Edwards at WDS a few years ago on body language and psychology and it was AMAZING! Beyond amazing. Psyched to read her book, Captivate.
Last but not least, I really enjoyed Andy Miller’s Creative Pep Talk, an inspiring visual romp through some of the wisdom of his podcast guests.
Happy Friday! Read well, read often, friends.
Pain au chocolat in the morning, a fruit tart with afternoon tea…maybe an eclair sneaked in on the run. My all-time favorite Paris pastry shop is in my new Paris e-book. Find out where I get the best pastries in Visit Paris Like an Artist. You will love this unconventional guide to travel and art! Your copy is waiting for you now, and so is your inner artist. RSVP for fun here.