illustration via NYTimes
= Maira Kalman = chicness. I just discovered her 'And the Pursuit of Happiness' blog** on the NYTimes website (begun after a trip to the inauguration) and it's like tonic for my snark-addled, New York over The New Yorker soul. But then I remembered I don't subscribe to the latter because it requires reading more than fifty words at a time and, you know, NYMag has all those approval matrices and photos of Eve Harrington's dorm room (haha, pt). But back to Maira. For the unfamilar she's an illustrator, author, artist and designer whose work ranges from children's books to magazine covers to wristwatches, and every single one of her collaborators is so uimpeachably cool: The New Yorker, MoMA, Mark Morris, Isaac Mizrahi ... even my old stylish friends from the ninth grade, Strunk and White!
Her interiors combine the fantasy of Jean Cocteau with the looseness of Albert Hadley with maybe the opening credits of Juno. Who would want to leave that room? Brava, Maira.
*I don't use the word "gravitas" in conversation.
**Pigtown's on it too!