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May 9, 2012
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R.I.P. MAURICE SENDAK "Where the Wild Things Are" author MAURICE SENDAK died at the age of 83 yesterday, after suffering a stroke on Friday. "Wild Things" is one of the most celebrated children's books of all time.  It's about an unruly boy named Max who travels to a land of monsters . . . and becomes the wildest thing of them all. Sendak's other classics included "In the Night Kitchen" and "The Nutshell Library". Sendak didn't necessarily consider himself a children's author, but he didn't fight the label. He said, quote, "I write books that seem more suitable for children, and that's OK with me. "They are a better audience and tougher critics.  Kids tell you what they think, not what they think they should think." 1st published in 1963, it remained a popular children's book that was adapted into a movie by Spike Jonze in 2009. Sendak seemed to really like the movie and in terms of how his lead character Max was portrayed said, "In plain terms, a child is a complicated creature who can drive you crazy."There's a cruelty to childhood, there's an anger.  And I did not want to reduce Max to the trite image of the good little boy that you find in too many books." Sendak was gay, and lived with his partner, psychoanalyst Eugene Glynn, for 50 years.  Glynn died in 2007.                                         ANDRE 3000 GETS "EXPERIENCED" Andre 3000, who bears a decent resemblance to Jimi Hendrix, will play him the new Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side.  It tells the story of Hendrix’s time working on the classic album Are You Experienced? While he was living in England in 1966 and ’67. The movie starts shooting at the end of this month, in Ireland, with Andre committed to filming for six weeks. Andre is already an accomplished guitarist but will have to do some serious work to play like Jimi, who died in 1970.  

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