Children Are a Class of People: more on Maurice Sendak

The patient pedagogical work of Gates Millenium Scholar Dr. Estrella Torrez, “assistant professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University” whose “scholarship centers on language politics and the importance of community-based knowledge, particularly among rural migrant families and urban Indigenous youth,” is a significant indirect cause of this post.


This happy fellow may not be particularly interested in Jargon.


Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.


Childhood is cannibals and psychotics vomiting in your mouth!

Maurice Sendak, accessed at goodreads


I don’t write for children. I write, and somebody says, ‘That’s for children.’

-also Maurice Sendak, from the Colbert Report’s “Grim Colberty Tales, Part 1”


Working to be Someone presents an overview of worldwide research on working children that considers children’s own views of employment in favour of adult-constructed arguments about child work.

-a description of the book Working to be Someone, accessed at


The author would like to note, by way of ashamed disclaimer, his relationship to Stuff White People Like #127: Where the Wild Things Are. He would also like to note that Christian Lander is brilliant, but and perhaps dangerously bitter.


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