|Three "rabbis" on the set of Angels in America: Tony Kushner, Meryl Streep and Maurice Sendak|
My kids grew up on Maurice Sendak's books. I can't count how many bedtimes there were when we cuddled up and read one of them - Pierre, Chicken Soup with Rice, One Was Johnny, Alligators All Around, Where the Wild Things Are...all wonderful books...but In the Night Kitchen was the one that really got to us. So strange and wonderful, so many buildings shaped like things that we could find in the kitchen - cartons of milk and lemon squeezers and nutcrackers...and up in the sky, that wonderful moon, and little naked Mickey floating around "past the moon and his mama and papa sleeping tight and into the light of the night kitchen." Now my grandson and I are sharing that book and loving it. Pure magic.
Here's one of Sendak's poems set to music by Carole King. Sendak was a grump and a curmudgeon and a tortured soul with a wild imagination; he was brilliant and we couldn't get enough of him; he'll be missed.
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