Maurice Sendak on The Colbert Report

Famed writer and illustrator of children’s literature, Maurice Sendak, appeared in a two-part segment on The Colbert Report this week. This is not a child-friendly interview, but adults will get a kick out of the ornery Sendak going head-to-head with Colbert in these videos.

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 1
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The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 2
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Notable quotes

“There is something in this country that is so opposed to understanding the complexity of children. It’s quite amazing.”

“I don’t write for children. I write. And someone says, that’s for children.”

Colbert: “Why not do a Where the Wild Things Are sequel?” Sendak: “Because it is the most boring idea imaginable.”

Colbert: “What do you think of the current state of children’s literature?” Sendak: “Abysmal.”

“Most books for children are very bad.”

Sendak on books by celebrities: “Start by being an idiot … after that you know the formula.
All you need is a popular illustrator with a horrible sense of design, no taste for type, nothing about the aesthetics of what a picture book should look like.”

Sendak on e-books: “Fuck them is what I say, I hate those e-books. They can not be the future… they may well be… I will be dead, I won’t give a shit!”

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Comments

  1. I'm SO GLAD you posted this, I saw part one but not part two. My mom is visiting and we're going to sit down and watch this tomorrow after the kids go to bed! Love that man!

  2. I love the Colbert Report! He's too funny! LOL Where the Wild MILFS Are hahahahaha
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  3. jamiegall1930 on February 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm said:

    Hah. I'll have to listen to the videos later, but just reading the little bit you shared it sounds like a hoot.. Yes, I said "like a hoot." ;)
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  4. Alexis Grace on February 14, 2012 at 1:47 am said:

    Ha!!! he is such a character!

  5. Too funny. He's an interesting guy to say the least!

  6. keblon19 on March 6, 2012 at 1:08 am said:

    Nice to know about this conversation I've learned something new, I will share this to my friends so they will see and explore it..
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  7. Allison on March 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm said:

    I'm a little late in seeing this, but I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed watching the videos.

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