As we morn the passing of Maurice Sendak, the beloved author of Where the Wild Things Are, who passed away at 83, the Internet community uncovered a gem of Interview that sums up his contribution to us.
In an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, he reflected on one of his favorite moments from a fan
“A little boy… sent me a charming card with a little drawing. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”
And, just because we can’t get enough of Mr. Sendak, here is Stephen Colbert’s two-part interview with the legendary author: