R.I.P. Maurice Sendak

1928 – 2012

Maurice Sendak, author of Where The Wild Things Are, died this morning due to complications of a stroke.  He was 83 years old.  Looking back on his life’s work, I realize I only knew him for Where The Wild Things Are, which serves as quite a testament to how strong of an impact that book had on my life.  That (extremely) short story, along with it’s incredible illustrations, was introduced to me when I was in Kindergarten, and it hasn’t left me in the 30 years since.  It might be too much to believe Where The Wild Things Are was the catalyst for me seeking out darker, more meaningful art (whether it be literature, music or film) throughout my life, but on the other hand, it is very possible.  At any rate, Maurice Sendak’s life is being celebrated around the world today, all for a children’s book he wrote almost 50 years ago — that’s pretty incredible.

Now, if people who have influenced my youth could stop dying, that would be great.  Junior Seau, Adam Yauch and Maurice Sendak complete the rule of 3’s…hopefully we’ll get a break now.