Maira Kalman: I Have Enough
“We don’t know anything, but that’s all right. Because if you know too much of anything, you are stymied.”—Maira Kalman
Maira Kalman wrote a job description and then built a career to fit it. She has become widely known for her illustrated essays, covers, and cartoons for the New York Times and the New Yorker. She has written and illustrated numerous books for children (in which her dogs play heroic roles) and adults. Her children’s books include 13 Words, a collaboration with Lemony Snicket; Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey; Ooh-la-la (Max in Love); What Pete Ate from A–Z; and Looking at Lincoln. She has illustrated Strunk and White’s classic The Elements of Style and created two illustrated columns for the New York Times: The Principles of Uncertainty and a narrative journal of her life. Her two most recent books are Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag, which brings to life objects from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything, an illustrated exploration of American history and democracy.