- Terry Gross: Can you share some of your favorite comments from readers that you’ve gotten over the years?
- Maurice Sendak: Oh, there’s so many. Can I give you just one that I really like? It was from a little boy. He sent me a charming card with a little drawing. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters—sometimes very hastily—but this one I lingered over. I sent him a postcard and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim, I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.
The New Yorker’s Bob Mankoff at a recent TED salon. When Mankoff quit psychology school in 1997 to become a cartoonist, he submitted 2,000 cartoons to the New Yorker that year. Of them, 2,000 were rejected. Today, he is the magazine’s cartoon editor.
Let’s start counting now what percentage of stories about this will begin with something to the effect of “while no longer new or kids.”
And we’re off to the races.
Turning 30 soon. Googled “30 is the new 20,” and all the results are about how 30 is not the new 20 after all. Well, phew.
Being called “a pretty lady” at the post office is like winning “most charismatic carbon-based being” in a room full of dead leaves.
My friend Caitlin is really the queen of the vivid simile.