Sendak: write what delights you

Drawn! The Illustration Blog points to an interview with Maurice Sendak at NPR.

He talks about his love of the nighttime, of scaring children, of mischief, and of Mickey Mouse (who he now calls “a fat whore”). In the interview he explains how he was discovered by Ruth Krauss (author, and wife of Crockett Johnson) before Where the Wild Things Are became a sensation, and how they helped shape him as a childrens’ author and illustrator. His secret? Don’t write for children — write about what delights you.

(Via Boing Boing.)

The Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia has a gallery devoted to Sendak. It’s worth a visit just to see life-sized versions of the Wild Things.


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