Remembering Maurice Sendak

On the occasion of what would have been Maurice Sendak’s 85th birthday, June 10th, here’s a few quotes from that extraordinary man.

“I didn’t want them to be traditional monsters, like griffins and gorillas and such like. I wanted them to be very, very personal. It had to come out of my own particular life. And I remember it took a very long time until that gestation occurred and when they began to appear on drawing paper, and they began to be what I liked. And it was only when I had them all that I realized they were all my Jewish relatives.”

— NPR’s Fresh Air 1986

“I’m totally crazy, I know that. I don’t say that to be a smartass, but I know that that’s the very essence of what makes my work good. And I know my work is good. Not everybody likes it, that’s fine. I don’t do it for everybody. Or anybody. I do it because I can’t not do it.”

The Guardian 2011

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”

Where the Wild Things Are 1963

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