Maira Kalman

Graphic Designer / United States / M&Co

Maira Kalman’s Book List

The authors I love tend to be lyrical and slightly absurd in one way or another. You could read any or all of the books by the authors listed. There are photographers you should look at—such as Diane Arbus and August Sander—who all have monographs. There are children’s book authors and illustrators that you should know—like Ludwig Bemelmans and William Steig.

But mainly, just read. That will show the way. Walk to a garden. Take a book with you, maybe a cup of coffee or tea. Just sit under a tree and read. That is the only answer to everything.

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Samuel Beckett

Read everything Beckett wrote. Because if you understand the minimalism and despair of Beckett, you can create good work. And you can go on.

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