Posts Tagged: Where the Wild Things Are

Single, Lonely Wolf Seeks Sex and Real Estate In California

A wild gray wolf continues to wander all over Northern California, a year after crossing the state line. The wolf, named OR-7 by wildlife biologists because he's the seventh male in the Oregon pack that has been unwillingly fitted with a radio-satellite collar, has traveled more than 2,000 miles back and forth across the top of California in search of a mate and its own territory.

Like many young males today, OR-7 has a Twitter account. But that is not why cow farmers in rural parts of Northern California are so angry. Cow farmers hate any kind of predator and any kind of wild nature—the last wild [...]


The Night Max Wore His Wolf Suit

(Still) hot for fall: This.


'Wild Things' Is Good Enough For Maurice Sendak

While hipsters and Choire are falling all over themselves in anticipation of Spike Jonze's forthcoming Where The Wild Things Are, I have been a little less enthusiastic. I mean, sure, I like Arcade Fire just fine, and the preview had its moments, but there's something about the seemingly obvious ways in which they've opened up the story (oh no, Max is upset about his mom's new boyfriend!) that rub me wrong. That said, this feature with author Maurice Sendak puts me slightly more at ease. I'll give it a shot, I guess. But if Michel Gondry explains the titular character's desire for solitude as an expression of millennial discontent [...]


Urusula Nordstrom, Sendak's Editor, on "Wild Things," 1964

On December 1, 1964, Ursula Nordstrom wrote a letter to Nat Hentoff, who was on assignment for the New Yorker. (Hentoff's piece on Maurice Sendak ran January 22, 1966-well over a year later.) Nordstrom-who had never been a teacher, a librarian or a college graduate-published Sendak, Gorey, Silverstein, White, Wilder and Brown from 1940 to 1979, at which time she and her partner Mary moved up to the country.


Where are the Wild Things At? Magical Story About Magical Movie-Making Totally Picks Narrative

Well here is the big Where the Wild Things Are Spike Jonze profile, for this Sunday's New York Times magazine. The piece is made up of the idea of the struggle between a brilliant, unusual director and a stultifying studio system. Gosh, it is hard to make a good movie in the studio system! And gosh, directors are difficult little children. This is probably a thing that is always true! And here, not at all appearing in the article, are the names of the producers of the film (except Carls and Sendak, who, you know, were shopping a movie version together for ages), which sort of leaves the article [...]


"Where the Wild Things Are": Where Is the Place Where They Put the Things?

Maurice Sendak said it first: "I thought it was never going to end." If you've ever been through family therapy, you've had the same thought. And this is what director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Dave Eggers have reduced Where The Wild Things Are to-a glum ninety-minute session where emotions are projected onto big fuzzy creatures who look like nested Russian dolls bleached of color, blown up and covered in hairy mildew. The creatures serve therapy, not dreams or fantasy. They embody the vexations of a boy named Max, but none of his desires or imagined ecstasies. And if you've read Where The Wild Things Are, you probably think it [...]


Hands Off That Rumpus, Dave Eggers!

Tom Scocca: So because I am a subscriber to the New Yorker, my current issue is still the August 24 issue, which I guess people could buy off newsstands something like 10 days ago.

Choire Sicha: So you have just seen a truly hair-raising thing, I take it!

Tom Scocca: The pages are a little loose in this issue, because I flung it away from me and it hit the wall. I am not a satisfied customer.

Choire Sicha: The McKinsey consultants aren't going to like hearing that.

Tom Scocca: On page 61 of this issue there is a tiny bit of type. A photo credit. The photo credit reads [...]