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  • Fri, 01 Mar 2013 08:26:00    Permalink
     The following is an excerpt from the current issue of Harper's Magazine:

    From an interview with childrens book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, by British journalist Emma Brockes, published in the November/December 2012 issue of The Believer. Sendak, whose many works include Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, died in Connecticut last May.

    Brockes: What do you think of e-books?

    Sendak: I hate them. Its like making believe theres another kind of sex. There isnt another kind of sex. There isnt another kind of book. A book is a book is a book. I know thats terribly old-fashioned. Im old, and when Im gone theyll probably try to make my books on all these things, but Im going to fight it like hell. I cant believe Ive turned into a typical old man. I cant believe it. I was young just minutes ago.

    Brockes: Is the problem with e-books partly a problem of color?

    Sendak: Yes. Picture books depend on color, largely. And they havent perfected the color in those machines. But its not that. Its giving up a form that is so beautiful. A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful. Even as a kid, my sister, who was the eldest, brought books home for me, and I think I spent more time sniffing and touching them than reading. I just remember the joy of the book, the beauty of the binding. The smelling of the interior. Happy.

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