Jan 27 2012

Maurice Sendak

I was tempted to not watch Stephen Colbert interview children’s book author Maurice Sendak, thinking it would not be interesting. I was wrong. Sendak turns out to be a funny and feisty guy, one of the few who can match wits with Colbert.

(To get hints on how to view clips on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)

Part 1 was shown on January 24, 2012.

Part 2 was shown on January 25, 2012.


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    Thank you! I laughed out loud more than once. Sendak is witty and wonderful.

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    Irène Delse, on dry land among seabirds

    “Why do you write for children?” “I don’t write for children. I write!”

    “What do you think.” “The sad thing is that I like it.”

    “I hate e-books! They can’t be the future. They may well be, but I will be dead and I don’t give a sh*t!”

    Adorable old guy.

  3. 3

    What a sweetie!

  4. 4

    Sendak did an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air last fall that brought tears to my eyes. You can find it at http://www.npr.org/2011/09/20/140435330/this-pig-wants-to-party-maurice-sendaks-latest

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    M can help you with that.

    Maurice Sendak qualifies as not only “feisty” but “fierce”. He was my absolute favorite when I was a little kid, and I’ve yet to see anything to change my mind — quite the contrary, in fact.

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    Charles Sullivan

    Fun stuff, Mano!

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    niftyatheist, perpetually threadrupt

    Thank you for this nugget of pure gold! Really enjoy your blog and glad you joined FTB (I had not come across you before this).

  8. 8

    Thanks for this—I loved it and I love your blog, too

  9. 9

    Thanks for this shout out (and for the viewing tips!)

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    I found a blog page where the videos play for me (Australia):


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