'Where the Wild Things Are' Author Maurice Sendak Has Died at 83
The music world is still reeling after last week's passing of Adam Yauch, also known as MCA from the Beastie Boys and co-founder of Oscilloscope Laboratories, the company behind films like Exit Through the Gift Shop and We Need to Talk About Kevin. Now the literary world is mourning the loss of one of their own as NY Times reports Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak has passed away at 83. His classic book was turned into a film in 2009 by Spike Jonze, and the author worked with the director and Lance Bangs on the documentary Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak.
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Ironically enough, that documentary was also distributed by Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Laboratories. In addition to writing the aforementioned iconic book from 1963, Sendak has also illustrated over 100 other stories over his expansive career in literature, which ironically enough began after he saw Disney's Fantasia in theaters at age 12.. His work had become so iconic that even President Barack Obama read from Where the Wild Things Are at the White House Easter Egg Roll. More recently, Sendak has been on TV messing around with Stephen Colbert on "The Colbert Report" as the political satirist recently wrote his own children's book, I Am a Pole and So Can You! with Sendak's praise, "The sad thing is I like it!"
Sendak's illustrations have informed artists' work for decades, and will resonate for generations to come, in literature, film (especially with Spike Jonze) and beyond. As someone who grew up with Where the Wild Things Are and was fascinated by the peculiar stories and amazing illustrations that came from Sendak's mind, the passing of this literary giant is truly a sad day for me. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace.