Justin Torres on childhood according to Maurice Sendak

American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose book Where The Wild Things Are (1963) met with wide acclaim, has died aged 83 on Tuesday, May 8th. A few days earlier, Mediapart interviewd Justin Torres, whose first published novel, We The Animals, is about childhood and the “wild wildness” of young age. We asked him about the secret Sendak revealed to Art Spiegelman in 1993: “Childhood is cannibals and psychotics vomiting in your mouth”.

American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose book Where The Wild Things Are (1963) met with wide acclaim, has died aged 83 on Tuesday, May 8th. A few days earlier, Mediapart interviewd Justin Torres, whose first published novel, We The Animals, is about childhood and the “wild wildness” of young age. We asked him about the secret Sendak revealed to Art Spiegelman in 1993: “Childhood is cannibals and psychotics vomiting in your mouth”.

The full interview and the book review will be released soon on Mediapart. (w/ Christine Marcandier)

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