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--John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Curmudgeon genius--

Do not miss! Sendak and Colbert part one and part two. Let the wild rumpus start!


Update: brilliant little video sent to me on facebook by the inimitable Gary Dietz: The Joy of Books.  "After organizing our bookshelf almost a year ago (http://youtu.be/zhRT-PM7vpA), my wife and I (Sean Ohlenkamp) decided to take it to the next level. We spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto."


Also, I'm still having a bit of difficulty with the next post on "The Lydian Stones," so it will probably go up tomorrow rather than today. It's more complicated than most.

13 comments:

  1. zephyr,

    Be sure and watch the bookcase one he mentions in the note below as well...

    Gary,

    Thank you, Mr. Dietz!

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  2. To be very clear, I did not make this video. I merely sent Marly the link.

    Rumpus rumpus rumpus.

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  3. . . ."but it's got to be as bad as that looks like it is. . ." that's what I'm sayin'! hoo hee! The Wild Rumpus. . .hmm. . . like that one too. "I love the book, but, I just made some adjustments to it. I removed all of the penises."

    I wonder if Sendak was in on the joke? Or, no? Since he wants to "kill someone" by the end of the first interview. Hmm. . .

    YO

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  4. Hi Miss Yo-yo--

    Surely he knew what a Colbert interview would mean, at least! But he does veer between taking things playfully and taking things seriously. Perhaps that's the beauty of that sort of interview...

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  5. I loved this!
    Sendak gave as good as he got. What a wonderful man!
    As for Colbert...ridiculous and hilarious as one would expect.

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  6. The bookshelf video is hilarious! Did you notice the clock?!

    Sadly, I can't see the Sendak-Colbert interviews here in Canada. I fell in love with Sendak's Nutcracker done by the Seattle Ballet and shown on TV decades ago, then promptly bought his illustrated book.

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  7. Lynn, agreed! Nobody ever gets the better of Sendak! Glorious curmudgeon who slices through the bull...

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  8. marja-leena,

    I bet somebody will post it somewhere else where Canadians can nab it... Yes, the clock! And banana and magic-through-the-wood books!

    I have bought many a Sendak book for myself or gifts. Love his illustrations for Randall Jarrell and George MacDonald and his own books--and the marvelous "The Juniper Tree" collection. And I have a grand fat book about his art. We also had piles of videos of Sendak books. I am a bit green thinking of you seeing "The Nutcracker" designs and show!

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  9. Thanks for the links. I rarely watch Colbert, but he does tend to have more interesting guests than the Daily Show. Sendak was, of course, wonderful.

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  10. I rarely see any sort of television, but I couldn't miss Sendak!

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  11. Delightful. Colbert wears thin for me, generally, but I loved these interviews!

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.