In this painfully relevant clip, Maurice Sendak discusses life and death in the Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs HBO documentary Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak:
In 2003, filmmakers Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze arrive at the Connecticut home of legendary children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. For 50 years, 80-year-old Sendak has written and/or illustrated over 50 books including The Sign on Rosie’s Door, In the Night Kitchen, A Hole Is to Dig and perhaps his most famous work, Where the Wild Things Are, winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1964. His work has been heralded as “magical,” “enchanting,” “sublime,” “timeless” and “masterful.” As the camera first captures Sendak, he is a frenetic ball of energy, excited to meet Jonze, but when Jonze asks him if he has any advice for young people, Sendak says, “Quit this life as soon as possible. Get out, get out,” revealing his macabre side.
Your eyes are now filled with onions.