Maurice Sendak_ Rest In Peace

When I was employed, every few weeks I would take a trip to HMV on Yonge St. to look through the documentary aisle in the DVD section. One day I came across this Film by Spike Jonze (the director of the Where the Wild Things Are movie) called Tell Them Anything you Want a doc on artist, illustrator, writer Maurice Sendak. I didn’t know anything about him at the time other than he was responsible for one of my favourite books as a child, Where the Wild Things Are. Together with Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein and The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak made a huge impact on my life and I didn’t know who he was until my 30′s.

Tell Them Anything You Want is a quirky portrait of an odd and wonderful person who doesn’t take himself terribly seriously. I found out this morning that Maurice passed at the age of 83. It is kind of strange how when you connect to someone you feel a sense of loss even if you never met them. A few people that I never met passed away in the last few years and it has had the same kind of impact on me, sad to see them go, and appreciated what they did for the rest of us. I spoke to a childhood friend on the phone from a meditation retreat in Thailand a few months ago when I was feeling really depressed about consistently not being able to make a sustainable living with my art and he said to me that he believed that artist were generous for giving their gift to the world. Sometimes that feels arrogant to say, certainly about yourself, but that’s the way I feel about artists like Maurice Sendak. Thank you Maurice, we appreciated your gift to us.

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