Happy birthday to Maurice Sendak who would have been 86 years old today. Sendak passed away in May of 2012 but his many illustrated books (I’m reluctant to call them children’s books because they wear well way past childhood and are among the genre’s least condescending) are here to stay: The Night Kitchen, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, The Nutshell Library and the biggest of them all, Where the Wild Things Are. Fun fact: Sendak’s monsters and The Sex Pistols appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone within a few months of each other. Coincidence? Also born on this day: Judy Garland and Saul Bellow. Coincidence? Yes, probably.


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