Maurice Sendak’s Emotional Last Interview

It is a blessing to get old. It is a blessing to find the time to do the things, to read the books, to listen to the music.

Children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away in 2012. His last interview, with NPR’s Terry Gross, will make your heart grow two sizes.

Artist Christoph Niemann was so touched by the interview, he illustrated the last five minutes in this touching animation.

“Live your life, live your life, live your life.”

After listening to the interview Brent Eades left a message on the NPR Web site:

I happened to be listening to this extraordinary interview while on the early-morning commute from my small Ontario town to Ottawa. I was entirely absorbed in it; and the final couple of minutes left me with tears streaming down my face, which I’m sure nonplussed my fellow commuters.

The week of the interview Sendak published his final book: BUMBLE-ARDY.

(h/t open culture)

Still Curious? Listen to the entire conversation with Gross. Also, check out Creative Genius.