Monthly Archives: September 2011

“Live your life, live your life, live your life.”

I haven’t had a piece of art touch me this deeply in a long time.  Listening to Maurice Sendak on NPR’s Fresh Air today, it was the first time I’ve ever seen the interview elevated to an art form.  Not just a craft, but an art– something that takes the fragments in my own heart and reorganizes them in a beautiful palette, something to be mulled over and over in the mind for its meaning to ripen.  Maurice Sendak’s books and illustrations have always left open a chink of light in the wall of the unintelligible, sending out small slender rays to grasp.  This interview puts a window in that wall.  The conversation between him and Terry Gross is something I feel privileged to listen to, and it makes me think again of conversations that I’ve been a part of.  It is harder to remember to see the beauty when you are a part of it.

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