The Story of George


In “By George,” Maira Kalman’s final installment of her year-long New York Times series, “And the Pursuit of Happiness,” Kalman ushers in the new decade with a tribute to the man without whom our nation wouldn’t be.

In this month’s paean, Kalman sorts the truths from the untruths about George Washington, takes us on a pictorial tour of his house, his books and his gardens and muses on Thomas Jefferson’s elusive object of pursuit: Happiness. Enthusiasts of the series do not fret. A collection of Kalman’s artful and searching NYT posts will be released as a book in October 2010.

Rozalia Jovanovic is a founding editor of Gigantic, a magazine of short prose and art. She is the Deputy Editor of Flavorpill and has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Columbia University. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming from Unsaid, The Believer, Everyday Genius, Guernica, elimae, and She blogs at The Astonishing Egg and is The Rumpus New York Editor. More from this author →