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Literature meets art: Maurice Sendak inspired by William Blake

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[Music] why is wildin so much the book of my life who knows I don't know people what happened Oh what's there I don't know mystery is there maybe you like mysteries like people so why don't you do wild things too while these one was such a success go to hell go to hell not horror I don't do those things Erna Noble said that artists have to take a dive and either you hit your head on a rock and you split your skull and you die or that blow to the head is so inspiring that you come back up and do the best work you ever did but you have to take the dive and you do not know what the result will be I do not believe that I have ever written a children's book I don't know how to write that sort of work how do you write about how do you set out to write a children's book to lie I don't believe in the awards I don't believe in these clubs so I'm much luckier than her novel ever was much luckier William Blake ever was but I still suffer from what they suffered from I'm reading Nestle booked out of the life of William Blake I read many of them that whole row back there is Blake I can't can't figure out what it is but I mean what draws me to him so much because I thought I don't understand him I still cannot read through one of his illuminated by I can't I know what the hell he's talking about but I love him like if I were religious I would feel that way about whatever he's an illustrator I am an illustrator he illustrates poems his own poems and mythical dream poems I guess it's the way he his profound belief in something sounds kind of idiotic but I believe him I believe in his passion my books are really books that are impressed and loved with the memory of comics and how important they were to me as a child you know I did live across the street for the baptistry I didn't live there any famous person I didn't see Michelangelo go to work in the morning I just lifted Brooklyn wherever they was ordinary and yet enticing and exciting and bewildering the magic of childhood is the strange little childhood the uniqueness that makes us see things that other people don't see my work has always been considered inappropriate but the ones that I love the ones that I think work as works of art and books are inappropriate the most important one to me is outside over there it's my most important work to me it was after a trip to Europe and Germany I was illustrated Grimm and I fell in love with a German romantics passionately the outside over there is like a bad rung of Haiti it also brought out a nervous breakdown a monumental force its lab be to the ground I got that close to the fire I got that close to the fire we will have to find our way if I can find a way through picture baking book illustrator or whatever you want to call it very idea okay [Music] you [Music]