My piece on Maurice Sendak in the Chicago Tribune:
Claiming Maurice Sendak
By Miven Trageser
May 11, 2012
Maurice Sendak belonged to me. He wasn’t yours. I read him more, I loved him better. You could like him, but he was mine.
When you are little you own your favorites. Favorite color, favorite number, favorite animal, favorite toy and book, these are things adults ask you and you have an answer, and it matters. It is one of the few channels you have to express “who you are.” And so you howl when you get the wrong color plate as it carries all the weight of identity. [Read more]