. . . and Idiots
COLBERT: “Why do you write for children?”
SENDAK: “I don’t write for children. I write — and somebody says, ‘That’s for children!’ I didn’t set out to make children happy or make life better for them, or easier for them.”
COLBERT: “Do you like them?”
SENDAK: “I like them as few and far between as I do adults — maybe a bit more, because I really don’t like adults at all.” . . .
COLBERT: “What does it take for a celebrity to make a successful [children’s] book. What do I gotta do?”
SENDAK: “You’ve started already by being an idiot. That is the very first demand.”
—Children’s author Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) with Stephen Colbert, wannabe, in “Grim Colberty Tales,” The Colbert Report, January 2012.
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