Tuesday, May 08, 2012

RIP Maurice Sendak

“Why is my needle stuck in childhood? I don't know why. I guess it's because that's where my heart is."—Maurice Sendak
Maurice Sendak, RIP 1928-2012

“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”
“I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can't stop them. They leave me and I love them more.”
"You cannot write for children. They're much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them."

“. . .from their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things.”
"I remember my own childhood vividly. I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn't let adults know I knew. It would scare them."

Source: Vancouver Sun, New York Times, The Guardian


  1. That book is quite interesting but his personal art is kind of disturbing. I remember seeing a sort of abstract mural or was it just a large painting at some small printing studio in Toronto a number of years ago. I think they mostly printed books. I remember it had this disturbing image of a rabbet and I guess vegetation. I won't elaborate on the details since I found them disturbing and should not be talked about here where family's come.

    1. Hi Tina! :) So nice to read your comments. Yes his work is different, a bit haunting even. I'm not familiar with all of his work. I was just reading this article by British writer Neil Gaiman in the Guardian about Sendak being his hero. It's an interesting read: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/11/maurice-sendak-my-hero-neil-gaiman?CMP=twt_gu


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