An Ode to Maurice Sendak’s Ultimate Bad Assery
I don’t even need a tagline. Sendak was THAT Bad Ass
“I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more.” – Maurice Sendak
A Great One was lost yesterday. I’m sitting here ruminating on how exactly Donnybrook could ever really express the debt that we all owe to one of the greatest authors and illustrators that’s ever lived. All I can do is share with you little bits of him that I love, and hope that you enjoy them. One of the best interviews I’ve ever read was published just this past October while he was promoting his latest book, Bumble-Ardy, he spoke with The Guardian’s Emma Brockes, and the resulting back and forth is pure curmudgeon-gold.
I’ll let Sendak’s Bad Assness speak for itself in that priceless interview. So for now…You started your career as an illustrator, But ended your life as one of the greatest innovators At showing children dealing With the complexities of adult feelings Like growth and change, Survival and rage. No reader was the same After turning the page And joining Max on his journey To where Wild Things hurry, Helping Mickey in the Kitchen as he makes Batter for the Morning Cakes, Joining Ida Outside, Over There To rescue the sister left in her care, And attending a crazy birthday party For the mischievous Bumble-Ardy. You wanted to help children process Their emotions as they progressed Through a life that’s not always what they imagined – At times almost savage With your honesty; All I ask is that you promise me You’ll be waiting up there when I get my shot At immortality – With a smile to greet me, Holding supper – still hot.