On the Phone With Maurice Sendak - NYTimes.com

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Maureice Sendak NYTimes Interview

...With books today, I'm not always sure if they're truthful or faithful to what's going on with children. If you look at the work of Tomi Ungerer, it's passionate, it's personal, it's marvelous and it's cuckoo, and it's that's kind of veracity that's always made for good children's literature.

If there's anything missing that I've observed over the decades it's that that drive has declined. There's a certain passivity, a going back to childhood innocence that I never quite believed in. We remembered childhood as a very passionate, upsetting, silly, comic business.

I teach. I stress character, character, character. And for authors to go where you want; go where you will. Children will go everywhere.

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