It’s a sad day for everyone who ever put on a wolf costume, got sent to bed without dinner and/or dreamed of being fierce rulers of our own private island. Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, died early this morning at age 83 of complications from a stroke, according to the New York Times.
In 1963, when he first published the story of rebellious Max and his adventures as the king of a tribe of monsters, it was a huge departure from the safe Dick and Jane world of children’s literature. Now generations of us will recall identifying with Max’s anger, fear, euphoria and melancholy — for some of us, it’s the blueprint for the way we’ve wanted to feel about every fictional character that follows.
Sendak himself had a curmudgeonly, Max-ish reputation, which probably initially grew from growing up an underprivileged, gay Jew in Brooklyn. It also made for a hilarious interview with Stephen Colbert in January, as he railed against ebooks, mice, celebrity children’s books authors and Newt Gingrich.
“I didn’t set out to make children happy!” he said. Sorry, Maurice, you did.
Every year, Time does a pretty decent job combining pop culture personalities with businesspeople and super important political types for their 100 Most Influential People list, and this year is no exception. We’ll let you read about Hillary Clinton and Anthony Kennedy on your own time. We’re going to recap the people on the list who have some pretty hefty influence on these very blog pages. Here’s how they rank — in our expert opinion of ourselves — and why:
22. Tim Cook: For being Steve Jobs’ successor as CEO of Apple, from whom we will be buying lots of things until the end of time, even though we are still PC people.
21. Marc Andreessen: For being the co-creator of the first widely used web browser (Mosaic), who now owns part of, like every social media platform we use. So, thanks!
20. Walter Isaacson: One more geeky entry here for the Steve Jobs biography, since every other person we know has been reading it.
19. Louis C.K.: For being one of the most consistently funny people on TV and Web ever.
18. Jeremy Lin: Not necessarily for what he’s done for the Knicks as much as for what he’s done for punny headlines and tweets.
17. Raphael Saadiq: For making old-school soul so now.
16. Tim Tebow: For being the suspected football boyfriend of every “good” girl in Hollywood. And maybe now New York, too?
In 1996, NBA rebound king Dennis Rodman got his own reality show, The Rodman World Tour. Almost a decade later, Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert struck out solo with The Colbert Report. Both loudmouths were born on May 13th. Which one is older?
While promoting the upcoming animated film Monsters Vs. Aliens on the Today Show this morning, Stephen Colbert proudly detailed his latest stunt. NASA is hosting an online contest to name a portion of the space station currently called Node 3. The Colbert Nation has successfully put “COLBERT” in the lead by over half a million votes. Additional (and boring, in our opinion) contenders include “Legacy,” “Serenity,” and “Earthrise.” With voting ending tomorrow, and a promise from NASA that they’ll honor the voting results, it looks like Colbert may have entered a new level of stardom. Diddy will be so jealous.
Scandalist readers rewarded Tina Fey for her brilliant impersonation of Sarah Palin (not to mention her work on 30 Rock) by crowning her funniest of the year.Tina’s SNL mate, Amy Poehler, took second place.
Scandalist mobile results: Tina Fey.
You might think that presidential politics and a crashing economy would have kept folks from laughing in 2008, but thanks to these four comedians – intentionally or not – there were plenty of chuckles to go around. Amy Poehler kept reaming the headlines on SNL‘s Weekend Update all the way through her very noticeable pregnancy, while Steve Colbert showed TV pundits just who had the lock on “truthiness.” Tina Fey got a perfect chance to bring new audiences to the underwatched sitcom 30 Rock when a certain politician with a physical resemblance leapt into the limelight: Sarah Palin. And while Palin might not be trying to crack us up, how could would we celebrate these three jokesters without acknowledging the failed VP nominee that provided them with so much great material?
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