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    first MCA and now this:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html?_r=1

    I'm officially gutted. "Where the Wild Things Are" was my first favorite book ever. It's still one of my favorite books.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2012
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    Blown cover just posted the 2 pages comic interview of Sendak by Spiegelman, if you hadn't already seen it.
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2012
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    Wow, that just hit me harder than the death of anyone I never actually knew ever has. Unexpected, but probably due to my being perpetually juvenile. Sad day.
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      CommentAuthoroutlawpoet
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2012
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    Man, and I was so happy to see him on The Colbert Report recently, still deadly sharp.
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    @outlawpoet -

    http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/406796/january-24-2012/grim-colberty-tales-with-maurice-sendak-pt--1

    http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/406902/january-25-2012/grim-colberty-tales-with-maurice-sendak-pt--2
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    Colour me sad :-(
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2012
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    The world has lost a wonderful crochety old man.

    Also, did anyone else not know about the version of this that he did with Tony Kushner until reading the New York Times obit? I cannot believe I went through my READ EVERYTHING ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST NOW phase without running into this.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2012
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    Interviews with Sendak on NPR's "Fresh Air"

    http://www.npr.org/2012/05/08/152248901/fresh-air-remembers-author-maurice-sendak

    "There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready."
    • CommentAuthorEmperor
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2012
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    I was so sorry to hear about this, so I decided to watch WTWTA for the first time - it made me sad and happy, too.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2012
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    I wish I remembered where I read, or heard, this anecdote:

    "Rosie," of Sendak's play "Really Rosie" based on various books, was based on a real kid in his old neighborhood. Sendak spent years tracking her down so he could thank her for the inspiration.

    He found her. She didn't remember dancing and singing on the stoop. She was an aging housewife, somewhat freaked by this guy telling her about the musical based on her.

    And now I've got the music from the old Really Rosie TV special going through my head.

    Sigh.
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    About ten or so years back, when my daughter was almost a year old, I got my her this cute little furry cat hoodie thing for Halloween, and just as we went to take her out for candy, she got really sick. We ended up not being able to go Trick-Or-Treating, and I think we spent most of the night in the ER. She ended up being OK, but Halloween was a bust.

    You know, when kids are little, the cute things you get for them to wear don't fit for very long. So this Halloween thing was going to sit unused until she grew out of it.

    Maybe a week or two later, her mom & grandma were having trouble putting her to bed. I don't know where I got the idea from, but I grabbed her little furry cat hoodie thing, and put it on her, and we read Where The Wild Things Are, and then had a Wild Rumpus, which pretty much just meant me on all fours chasing her around the living room, until she got so tired she fell asleep.

    So it became that whenever she was tired and cranky, and too fussy for sleep, I'd crack open Where The Wild Things Are, and the Rumpus would begin until bedtime. Thanks, Mr. Snedak, for giving me those moments with my daughter. I didn't get to have a lot of toddler moments with her, before me and her mother split, but that one I get to keep. Thanks.

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