Maurice Sendak’s Pop-Up Book of Monsters (Book Acquired, 10.24.2014)

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The Cunning Little Vixen — Maurice Sendak

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Skeleton Max — Maurice Sendak

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Kenny’s Window — Maurice Sendak

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Return to Oz — Maurice Sendak

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Maurice Sendak’s Erotic Illustrations for Herman Melville’s Pierre (Book Acquired, 5.09.2014)

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Pierre, Herman Melville’s follow up to Moby-Dick, was, without a doubt, the most challenging, perplexing, befuddling book I read in school. I still don’t get it.

Still, I love Melville, and I love Maurice Sendak, so when I saw this unused copy of the Kraken addition for half-cover price at my favorite local used bookshop, I couldn’t resist.

Sendak’s bawdy illustrations recall William Blake to me—great stuff—although I’ll probably read Moby-Dick or The Confidence Man again before I make time for Pierre.

Read more about this edition of Pierre here.

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Mischief of One Kind — Maurice Sendak

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Alligators All Around — Maurice Sendak

Books Acquired, 7.26.2013

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“Cock a Doodle Doo!” — Maurice Sendak

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RIP James Gandolfini

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RIP James Gandolfini, 1961-2013

RIP to James Gandolfini, who brought sensitivity and depth to the roles he played. I don’t think The Sopranos could have existed without him. He made me laugh and cry so often in that role, never more than at the end of The Sopranos, where I experienced what I could only describe as catharsis.