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Outside, over there [May. 8th, 2012|07:02 pm]
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When he was only 39, and touring the UK to promote the publication here of Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak had a heart attack. He might have died then, but he was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, and his life was saved (and that's why the QE Gateshead makes a cameo appearance in the skyline of the Night Kitchen).

By that measure, everything he has done since is a bonus. What's more, his health has long been poor. It shouldn't be a surprise that he has died, that there will be no more books (one posthumous publication, and that's it). No surprise, perhaps, but a real sense of loss.

On the first morning of our recent trip, I spent a happy half hour in the bookshop opposite our hotel in Chicago, and came out with a Sendak that was completely new to me (Bumble-Ardy, as it happens); on the last afternoon, in a thrift shop in Alum Rock, I pounced on a copy of I Saw Esau, his version of a collection of rhymes from the collection of Iona and Peter Opie. The last poem in that book is End of Term, and its last verse:
Np more things to bring us sorrow
Cos we won't be here tomorrow.
Alas, no.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2012-05-09 10:24 am (UTC)

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Yay Wild Things!

Don't feel constrained by this, but you know the Wild Things do actually have names of their own? When Sendak was working on the opera with Oliver Knussen, he said they were based on the big scary aunts and uncles who used to visit when he was little (who said things like 'We'll eat you up, we love you so!'). So he made them talk sort-of-Yiddish, and nsmed them Tzippy, Moishe, Aaron, Emile and Bernard.

Of course, I don't know which one is yours!

[User Picture]From: weegoddess
2012-05-09 11:49 am (UTC)

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It's the one on the cover:

http://www.fantasyjr.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/where-the-wild-things-are-book.jpg

That still doesn't tell me his name, though. Assuming it's a choice left to the reader...

I love the name Moishe and would instantly change my Wild Thing's Name to that, but Moishe is the name of one of the 3 Wise Men dolls that we would bring out every Christmas during my childhood. Bernard is the name of Jonathan's late father (so, likely no go there unless there was good reason) and Aaron is the name of his lifelong best friend (also likely no go). Tzippy is a possibility, Emile is right out, again unless there's a good reason.

None of them appeal better than Maurice. And I want to respect his wishes to the utmost. So, unless Maurice did have a definite name in mind for this guy (and if so, I must obey), I'll honor him by naming the Wild Thing for him.
[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2012-05-09 08:50 pm (UTC)

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Oh, if you prefer Maurice, then stick with Maurice. He's not going to mind! (I just liked the odd little fact about them having names).