"The night that Max wore his wolf-suit and made mischief
of one kind
his mother called him 'WILD THING!'
and Max said “I’LL EAT YOU UP!”
so he was sent to bed without eating anything."
And anyone would have been hard pressed yesterday to avoid countless reflections on the work of Maurice Sendak on the internet, television and radio. In fact, NPR dedicated it's whole day of programming to Sendak.
In writing classes, symposiums, journals and conferences around the world Sendak is hailed as a genius. "Where the Wild Things Are" is often called the perfect picture book.
Most of us will never see such success or impact in the world of literature. If I get read in one stranger's house at bedtime I would be honored. So it brings me to today's Weigh In.
Its no surprise that he is being mourned throughout the world in various communities by children and adults alike. But why? He was gruff, outspoken, and often polarizing.
So...from a writer's perspective, what is your reflection on Maurice Sendak and his work?
Rest in peace, Mr. Sendak. I pray that in the end you found the peace which alluded you so much in life.