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Colbert Interview: Maurice Sendak on Being Gay, Gingrich's Idiocy and Illustrated Peen

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Maurice Sendak and Stephen Colbert

Everyone who knows me knows how much I love Stephen Colbert. And anybody who knows Stephen Colbert knows that he doesn’t like “children or books or children’s books.” Nevertheless, last night Colbert interviewed Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, Chicken Soup with Rice and In the Night Kitchen. The resulting footage is one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever seen. Not only does Colbert display his signature quick wit, Sendak is incredibly irreverent about everything, including his own career.

“I don’t write for children,” Sendak told Colbert. “I write, and somebody says, ‘That’s for children.’” Ha! There are so many hilarious bits in this interview and I don’t want to give it all away, but let’s just say some of it involves Vin Diesel. Get ready to be delighted:



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3 thoughts on “Colbert Interview: Maurice Sendak on Being Gay, Gingrich's Idiocy and Illustrated Peen

  1. Samantha says:

    The most recent interview with Maurice Sendek and Terry Gross (Fresh Air) is a remarkable conversation about aging. It made me cry.

    1. carolyncastiglia says:

      Ooh – thanks for that!

  2. Manjari says:

    I saw this last night. Sendak is one quirky guy. How about that weird thing he said about the wild rumpus? It was hilarious.

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