The Wildness of Maurice Sendak
February 16, 2020 7:21 PM   Subscribe

The Wildness of Maurice Sendak is a fine biographic orientation to where Maurice was coming from (particularly the strains of his childhood). It's by Gabrielle Bellot, who writes a column called Wander, Woman. As an introductory video, this Moyers interview from 2004 is also insightful. (Maurice is clearly moved by what Joe Campbell said about 'Wild Things').
posted by Twang (2 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
There's also a wonderful intimate interview/conversaton by Spike Jonze with Sendak, at Sendak's home. 'Tell Them Anything You Want'.
posted by Harry Caul at 6:00 AM on February 17 [1 favorite]

This was fantastic. Thank you.

Outside Over There
was my favorite Sendak book as a girl, although I certainly liked Where the Wild Things Are. I remember looking at the author's name and thinking how different they were. It's tender and sad and amazing to think of it being, in some sense, the artistic legacy of a baby that died many miles away and years before.

I gave my old copy as a Christmas gift to a child, since I probably won't have any; he is clearly an Artiste right now, so I think I made a good choice.
posted by Countess Elena at 8:47 AM on February 17 [1 favorite]

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