I would like for Maira Kalman to paint my walls and ceilings

Posted in politics by Maria on 2009/04/23

Another new post at And the Pursuit of Happiness. More and more, Maira Kalman’s painted blog is the most brilliant thing I’ve seen in some time.


To the beloved and deplored memory

Posted in politics by Maria on 2009/04/07

“To the beloved and deplored memory of her who was the inspirer, and in part the author, of all that is best in my writings—the friend and wife whose exalted sense of truth and right was my strongest incitement, and whose approbation was my chief reward—I dedicate this volume. Like all that I have written for many years, it belongs as much to her as to me; but the work as it stands has had, in a very insufficient degree, the inestimable advantage of her revision; some of the most important portions having been reserved for a more careful re-examination, which they are now never destined to receive. Were I but capable of interpreting to the world one half the great thoughts and noble feelings which are buried in her grave, I should be the medium of a greater benefit to it, than is ever likely to arise from anything that I can write, unprompted and unassisted by her all but unrivalled wisdom.”

John Stuart Mill’s dedication to his wife, Harriet Taylor, in On Liberty, 1859

So moved

Posted in politics by Maria on 2009/03/26

And again, Maira Kalman made something so lovely – working from de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.


Mr. President, eh?

Posted in politics by Maria on 2009/02/19

To Blair Gable – who captured this image of President Obama on his first official foreign visit today – I say wow. What a brilliant photo.
















[Photo credit: Blair Gable via]

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Two million people holding madly fluttering flags

Posted in politics by Maria on 2009/01/31

This image comes from from Maira Kalman at the New York Times in her first illustrated blog post “The Inauguration. At Last.” It captures the day like nothing else I’ve read or seen. Nicely done.



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