September 17, 2008

Maurice Sendak

My friend Dermot sent me the link to this New York Times article celebrating Maurice Sendaks 90th birthday this year. It is an incredible moving piece. His books stole my heart when I was a little child with Where the Wild things Are and his work still captures my imagination. Maurice Sendak is my biggest influence as a writer and illustrator.
My thesis in college opened with this quote...
'There are many pictures with little words,
but combustible little words are really like time-bombs.
And the pictures are the explosion.
What I would do with a picture book was to condense
language into metaphor and symbol.
The pictures are like the operatic stage
and the words are the orchestral accompaniment'
Maurice Sendak.

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