Tue May 8, 2012, 12:56 PM
WhollyHeretic (3,943 posts)
Maurice Sendak 1928-2012
I heard part of an interview with him just now on NPR. I hadn't realized he was an atheist. He was a very interesting man and amazingly talented.
SENDAK: Yes. Of course. And since I don't believe in another world, in another life, that this is it. And when they die they are out of my life. They're gone forever. Blank. Blank. Blank. And I am not afraid of death. And I begin to - as maybe a good many elderly people do. Who knows? When I did "Bumble-ardy" I was so intensely aware of death. Eugene, my friend and my partner, was dying here in the house while I did "Bumble-ardy." And I did "Bumble-ardy" to save myself. I did not want to die with him. I wanted to live, as any human being does. But there's no question that the book was affected by what was going on here in the house.
His appearance on Colbert
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