Widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, Maurice Sendak wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche. The influential storyteller, artist, and set designer died on May 7th at 83 years old. His legacy to the lubberly children of the world pales in comparison to the effect he’s had on sailors, though; Where The Wild Things Are is the post-atomic generation’s Odysseus. How many of you can say that Max had an effect on your life when he sailed "off through night and day…and in and out of weeks…and almost over a year…to where the wild things are"? Long live Max, and if you’ve never read his work, or your kids have never read his work, buy this. Huge props to Sam Greenfield for this video tribute to Sendak, backdropped to the Newport-Bermuda Race and typical goings on in Newport. Just stellar work.
We ran a version of this story three weeks ago for a few hours before Sam Greenfield, its creator, asked us to take it down. It seems Sam shot much of the footage used in this creative piece during the Atlantic Cup, whose organizers strangely didn’t seem to want their race associated with even an independent video. So Sam recut it with mostly footage from the Spirit of Bermuda, the replica Bermudian schooner that’s part of a great foundation – please check it out here.