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Posts Tagged ‘Maurice Sendak’

Has Arthur Yorinks Lost His Marbles? Acclaimed Author Launches Short Story Subscription Service

We kid Arthur Yorinks, because the name of his new Web venture is in fact, indeed – Lost Marbles.

LostMarblesLogoNevertheless, there remains at our end a healthy dose of skepticism. It’s one thing to launch a content-subscription portal when your name is Andrew Sullivan. Quite another when it’s Arthur Yorinks. From today’s announcement:

Entirely Web-based and dependent on subscribers, Lost Marbles provides a weekly short story or essay written or curated by Yorinks. There are separate sections for kids and for adults.

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Stephen Colbert Lands a Children’s Book Deal

Last month, Stephen Colbert had Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak on his show and jokingly read the author a ridiculous children’s book of Colbert’s own creation. Well, now Colbert has a book deal from that skit. Grand Central Publishing announced this week that it will publish I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) on May 8. Colbert already has a blurb lined up from Sendak: “The sad thing is I like it.”

Apparently all Colbert needs to do is joke about something and it comes true. He should keep joking about running for president.

Here’s the Colbert Report segment that made it all happen.

Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak Turns 80 and the 92 St Y Celebrates

CH25-image1.gifDid you know yesterday was Maurice Sendak day? No? Well you are forgiven since it was actually the inaugural holiday, as proclaimed by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at last night’s 92 St Y event in honor of Sendak’s 80th birthday.

The sold-out celebration featured a star-studded line-up of self-confessed Sendak fans reading and singing from his work. Some of the highlights included Spike Jonze, who showed a clip from his upcoming adaption of Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, Meryl Streep, who gave an Oscar-worthy reading of The Note on Rosie’s Door, and Dave Eggers who shared an excerpt from his upcoming novel called “Wild Things,” which according to him is a story about the screenplay he helped write (in real life with Spike Jonze) about the book Where the Wild Things Are. Catherine Keener read from an acceptance speech Sendak gave when he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, in which he spoke about both his love of New York and of classical music. Keener finished off by offering Sendak the same wishes her own son had written to her in his last birthday card: I love you as much as a book loves it reader.

Sadly, it turns out due to a stalled 4 train FBNY missed the night’s opening: a reading of Where the Wild Things Are in Yiddish! However we were in time to catch James Gandolfini read In the Night Kitchen — “I’m in the milk and the milk’s in me!” — which you can also enjoy after the jump. Sendak himself closed out the evening with heartfelt thanks before remarking that nothing had changed in his 80 years except the miracle of reaching 80. He added that a lot of dim, nightmarish characters had been entering the American scene of late and that he hoped none of them had read his books as a child, because if they had “I have failed completely.” Gandolfini and The Night Kitchen after the jump.

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Maurice Sendak, 80, Officially Comes Out of the Closet

wild_things.jpgHere’s a little nugget slipped into today’s NYT‘s interview with Maurice Sendak, who is celebrating his 80th birthday this Monday at a Gala at the 92nd St Y: he’s gay!

His fascination with the [Lindberg] kidnapping, like many of the other details of his life, has been repeated endlessly over the years in the hundreds of interviews he has given. Was there anything he had never been asked? He paused for a few moments and answered, “Well, that I’m gay.”

“I just didn’t think it was anybody’s business,” Mr. Sendak added. He lived with Eugene Glynn, a psychoanalyst, for 50 years before Dr. Glynn’s death in May 2007. He never told his parents: “All I wanted was to be straight so my parents could be happy. They never, never, never knew.”

Where the Poets, Actors, Playwrights Etc., Are

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The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him “Wild Thing!” and Max said “I’LL EAT YOU UP!” so he was sent to bed without eating anything.
We’re not suggesting you need to dress up like a wolf (don’t let us stop you, either) or (God forbid!) go without supper, however, should you feel the lack of Maurice Sendak in your life you may want to check out The Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y line-up, which among many other things (including Judy Blume!) is featuring “A Celebration of Maurice Sendak, with Tony Kushner, Meryl Streep, James Gandolfini, Dave Eggers, Spike Jonze.” (Eggers and Jonze have collaborated on the movie version of Where the Wild Things Are). Go here for more info. For some reason tickets appear to be cheaper if you’re under 35.