Wild New Ways

Maurice Sendak, pen and ink, the Bat-Poet Rosenbach Museum and Library

As if all the cemeteries and churches and gargoyles haven’t been enough for you, we have more Gothic in the Hidden City: it’s Maurice Sendak, always a little unsettling, and Dracula at the Rosenbach Museum this month. The Rosenbach, which holds the growing Sendak collection, is also home to Bram Stoker’s notes and outlines for Dracula.

For information on the Rosenbach’s DraculaFest, click HERE.

Maurice Sendak, from Bumble-Ardy

At 83, Sendak keeps producing, and unleashing the sweet torment of Brooklyn in the forties. “Look, life is pretty dreadful most of the time,” he told the Guardian’s Emma Brockes in a lengthy interview in Sunday’s paper. “Even in the country that’s so pretty with the flowers and leaves and sunshine. And I was abandoned when [50 year partner Euguene] died! I’m alone. I feel like an old bubba. And I’m not kind all of the time, I’m not nice all the time.”

Much like James Joyce, the other Rosenbach interrogator of the modern world, Sendak keeps exploring the darkness, searching, he says, for light. And what would that be? A “yummy death.”

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. Popkin's literary criticism appears in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, and The Millions. He is writer-in-residence of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.



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