27 January 2012

Maurice Sendak talks of writing for children

From the Colbert Report: Melanie Jones [from the International Business Times] says "...When Maurice Sendak sat down with Stephen Colbert for a two-part interview segment, even the "Colbert Report" host may not have been expecting some of the answers that came out of the "Where the Wild Things Are" author's mouth."

Watch Part One of the Interview
Some choice quotes:
'I really don't like adults at all'
"I didn't set out to make children happy or make life better for them, or easier for them," Sendak said. "I like them as few and far between as I do adults."
"Maybe a bit more," he conceded. "Because I really don't like adults at all."
Before the interview really got started, however, Sendak felt compelled to make an important distinction for Colbert: He is not a children's author. He's a writer.

Now watch Part Two of the Interview

"I don't write for children," Sendak said.
"I write, and somebody says, 'That's for children.'" He thinks book signings are "dreadful," and isn't that enamored of his fans, either.
This is not to say that the lovable curmudgeon doesn't have some strong opinions about how children's literature should be written.
"Everything by Seuss is good," said Sendak, perhaps influenced by the fact that Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) was quite an ornery old man himself.
"Curious George," he adds, was also excellent. But otherwise, "Most books for children are very bad."

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