Posts Tagged: maurice sendak

What to Read When You Want to Read an “Uncomfortable” Book

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Authors whose works have been challenged or banned give recommendations on other “uncomfortable” books that will make you a better person for having read them.

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What to Read When You Want Your Kids to Grow Up to Be Good

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A list of picture books to create meaningful conversations with kids about the way America is now and the ways we hope to make it better.

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The Queer History of Children Books

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Over at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Kelly Blewett retraces a fragment of the long-needed queer history of children books: Nordstrom was also queer. Although it seems she rarely mixed her private life with her professional one, a number of the most famous writers whom she published were queer, too, including Brown, Fitzhugh, and […]

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Sound & Vision: Hannah Haugberg

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Painter and letterer Hannah Haugberg discusses the art of designing custom guitar pedals.

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The Saturday Rumpus Review of Wild

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In simplicity there is truth, and being out in wide open spaces often has a way, like high-speed rail, to bring us back to simple things.

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Word of the Day: Atrabilious

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(adj.); gloomy, morose, or morbid; bad-tempered, irritable; from the Latin agra bili(s) (“black bile”) “Caleb stopped, massaged, then stopped again, as though he felt something under the skin. ‘Too big to be a morphine pump,’ he said cheerfully. At 32 years old, fresh-faced and boyishly handsome, he looks less like an undertaker than like the […]

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Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak!

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Maurice Sendak, author of dearly loved children’s books like Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, would have turned 85 today. Celebrate his unrestrained imagination and (sometimes not-so-subtle) iconoclasm by revisiting his interview with The Believer or his unforgettable chat with Stephen Colbert not long before his death. Today’s Google Doodle pays tribute to Sendak as […]

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“I was young just minutes ago”

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The latest issue of The Believer features an excellent interview with Maurice Sendak, conducted before his death in May. And because they are very, very nice people they’ve made it available online. Talk about quote-ables, this one’s full of ’em. If you don’t print it out and put it up on the fridge with little red lines underlining your […]

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Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012

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Maurice Sendak passed away this morning at 83. The New York Times looks back at his lengthy life. A life in pictures. “I refuse to lie to children… I refuse to cater to the bullshit of innocence.” A 2011 interview with The Guardian. “I think Wild Things is the first complete work of art in […]

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Sendak’s Return

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Maurice Sendak’s got a children’s book out, which makes it a total of 30 years since his last written/illustrated masterpiece. This thirty year period wasn’t exactly silence—he’s been illustrating books, designing operas, etc., Bumble-Ardy just marks his return to a wholly written and illustrated production. Vanity Fair catches up with the illustrious author/illustrator. (via Book […]

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Wild Things Take NY, The Spike Jonze Special

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In conjunction with the national release of Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, 10/16/09, the first feature film Jonze has directed since Adaptation (2002!), there are a lot of Wild Things happenings around New York. (Also, his company Girl Skateboards is releasing a limited edition Where the Wild Things Are Board Series. And check […]

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Notable New York, This Week 10/5-10/11

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MONDAY, October 5, 2009 – SUNDAY October 11, 2009 This week in New York, Stephen Elliott reads from his memoir The Adderall Diaries, which has its East Coast Launch with n+1, Spike Jonze week in New York, Sufjan Stevens performs, Arthur Jones hosts The Post-It Note Reading Series, Opium Magazine hosts Live Relaunch, Todd Solondz’s […]

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