Maurice Sendak talks about his craft for 5 minutes

As part of their interview series with such luminaries as Ray Harryhausen, The Tate recently filmed Where The Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak chatting about his creative process. It's an edifying watch and a good use of 309 seconds.


[Via The Mary Sue]

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Benny Gesserit

I remember he was interviewed by NPR sometime in the last year (possibly a "This American Life" ep, but I can't find it.) He sounds curmudgeonly but there's a tenderness in him.

He spoke about vowing to never do a book signing again because it's usually the parents pushing the kids in front of him. The kids are often too young to understand what an author is in relation to a book. They find themselves in front of this old man they've never seen before and being forced to hand over their favourite book. It's kinda traumatic.

He said in one case, the father got his son to hand Sendak his book and, when he signed it, the kid had a complete melt-down. (Think of it, the kid's told "don't mark your books" over and over at home and suddenly there's this stranger WRITING IN HIS BOOK!!!) Apparently the poor kid was yelling "you ruined my book" over and over while he cried and "Dad" was getting upset with the kid for making a scene. Sendak said that was "it" for him. No more. Let the kids just enjoy the book for the book's sake.