Archive for July, 2011

Wild Things

A couple days ago my friend Lori Patrick sent me the following excerpt of a Bill Moyers interview with Maurice Sendak, Caldecott winning author of the childrens’ classic, Where The Wild Things Are.

Bill Moyers (to Sendak): My friend Joseph Campbell once told me long before I met you that one of the great moments in literature is this scene in WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: “And when he came to the place where the wild things are, they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws till Max said, ‘Be still’ and tamed them with the magic trick of staring into all their yellow eyes without blinking once. And they were frightened and called him the most wild thing of all and made him king of all wild things.”

Joseph Campbell went and got that and read it to me. And he said, “That is a great moment because it’s only when a man tames his