I’ve joined GoodReads (thanks to the nudging of several bookworm friends) and am actually enjoying it immensely. It’s an especially good way to keep track of all the books I want to read (merci to my friend, Dick, for suggesting an armful of titles to add!)
This is one I’ve marked as “read” but I don’t know that one would ever really finish this book, suggested to me by poet Julie Larios. The Principles of Uncertainty grew out of an on-line column (or blog?) that Maira Kalman did for the New York Times, inviting readers on a ramble through a year of her thinking and observations. Full of images from her sketchbooks, this is a rich, whimsical, wistful, sobering, exuberant celebration of all that we don’t know about life, with a dash of assorted hats, odd collections and cherished memories of loved ones thrown in.
The book includes two pages of photographs of number-related ephemera Kalman’s found, which reminded me of my friend, Norma, who is always on the look-out for the number 247. If you were going to look for a number, what would it be? I’m partial to 7 but it doesn’t seem exotic enough. Maybe 54? I dunno. I like the roundness of 3 numerals. What about 154? Okay. That’ll be my target.
At any rate, if you are a creator in any way, shape or form, this should be on your desk. Or in your hands.