Maurice Sendak Is Heaven’s Cranky Genius Children’s Author Now

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Maurice Sendak DiesChildren’s author Maurice Sendak has passed away this morning at the age of 83 due to complications of a stroke. His death marks the official end of your childhood, but you were getting super-old anyway, so… While Sendak leaves behind classic books like Where The Wild Things Are and In The Night Kitchen, he also left us something much more beautiful in recent months: his pure, unadulterated grump. It seems like a fitting testament to the man to revisit some of the amazing quotes from his January interview on The Colbert Report. Then let’s bake ourselves up some dough suits and fly through the night in our dream planes, tiny kid wiener’s flapping, because at least Maurice would have probably thought that was funny:

  • “It’s an interesting point of view, but not interesting to me, particularly.”
  • Newt Gingrich is an idiot of great renown…There is something so hopelessly gross and vile about him that it’s hard to take him seriously.”
  • “I didn’t set out to make children happy or make life better for them or easier for them…I like them as few and far between as I do adults. Maybe a bit more because I really don’t like adults at all, frankly.”
  • On book signings: “Dreadful.”
  • On a Where The Wild Things Are sequel: “It’s the most boring idea imaginable.”
  • “It’s a miracle that I have lived this long without having destroyed a person.”

We hope you appreciate him, choir of angels!

(New York Times)