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They’re just not what interests me any more.

INTERVIEWER: You once said you based the Wild Things on your elderly, uncouth Jewish relatives. Have you become one yourself?

SENDAK: Apparently I have, and I’m not even a relative. It’s just being Jewish and old age. I’ve become an old person like the old Jews I knew. Sort of bitter, yet not bitter. I would say strangely that this is a good time for me. This is a good time for me to put aside all kinds of things and just to go back what it was like when I fell in love with William Blake and saw the world through his eyes for a minute and was so happy. And that world still exists in spite of us. This is the only time I have ever felt a kind of inner peace.

I mean, it’s great to have a successful book. I’m not so dumb as to not know that is a good thing. But that is not the thing, and that’s why this is a good time. Because the important things – what were considered important to me – are no longer important. They’re not shame-faced, they’re not bad. They’re just not what interests me any more.

Maurice Sendak interviewed in the Globe and Mail. Via Artsjournal. (Happy Rosh Hashanah, everybody.)


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  1. Mr Wrti7g&#821h;s statement, “All I say is that no mechanical effect arises without a mechanical cause” can mean that mechanical effects arise solely from mechanical causes (and this gives me pause). But I do not think a careful reading of the statement precludes non-mechanical causes from acting alongside the mechanical causes to produce the mechanical effect. (And I sincerely hope that Mr Wright does not clarify to cut off this avenue of agreement, else we find ourselves back where we started.)If this plausible, then it need not follow that the mechanical causes of Monday differ in the two cases of Shakespeare mentioned above.

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