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And The Pursuit of Happiness

And The Pursuit of Happiness

Author: Kalman Maira
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Energized and inspired by the 2008 elections, celebrated illustrator Maira Kalman traveled to Washington, D.C., launching a year-long investigation of American democracy and its workings. The result is an artist's idiosyncratic vision of history and contemporary politics.
Whether returning to America's historical roots at the Lincoln archive and Jefferson's Monticello, or taking the pulse of the present day at a town hall meeting in Vermont, an Army base in Kentucky, and the inner chambers of the Supreme Court, Kalman finds evidence of democracy at work all around us. Her route is always one of fascinating indirection, but one that captures and shares in hundreds of beautiful, colorful reasons why we are proud to be Americans.

"[A]n impromptu interpretive dance about our country, executed in fat, frolicky color, unprissy brushstroke, a smattering of pleasantly pedestrian photo-graphs and perfectly rambunctious penmanship... Oh, Maira. May we call you Maira? You are like the imaginary childhood friend we never had. Never mind, we have you now, and in these pages you give us your giant, wistful heart; your unfettered, inquisitive prose; and your loving renderings of hats, noses, despondency, public restrooms, a numbered Civil War grave, a Brooklyn sewage plant, Thomas Edison in a cream-colored suit, napping on the grass, and various fried eggs. Wait -- this is democracy? In Kalman's eclectic, catholic, ecstatically skewed view, yes. All this and more... Best of all, she leaves us curious, formulating our own questions, discovering what things we are burning to ask."

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General Fields

  • : 9780143122036
  • : PEN
  • : PEN
  • : October 2012
  • : 231mm X 155mm X 28mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kalman Maira
  • : illustrations
  • : P
  • : 1112
  • : 471