RIP Maurice Sendak

I just read that Maurice Sendak passed away.

This is the memory in my mind this morning: reading Outside Over There, by myself, or listening to my mother read and describe it to me. Recognizing, somehow, a kinship between myself and the big sister, Ida, both loving her baby sister enough to set off on a rescue mission…and having sufficient frustration with the baby to let her get stolen by goblins.

Thank you, sir, from the little girl who found your books haunting and gorgeous, and the woman she grew up to be, who still finds your books haunting and gorgeous.


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