Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 1

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Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak contemplates the complexity of children and the simplicity of Newt Gingrich. (7:32)

CONTEST.

BABOOM.

[ LAUGHTER ]

NATION --

[ LAUGHTER ]

ANYBODY WHO KNOWS ME KNOWS THAT

I DON'T LIKE CHILDREN OR BOOKS

OR CHILDREN'S BOOKS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

BUT I DO RESPECT THE FREE MARKET

AND CHILDREN'S BOOKS STILL SELL.

THE LATEST LITERARY TREND IS

CHILDREN'S BOOKS BY FAMOUS FOLKS

LIKE JOHN TRA TRAVOLTA, MADONNA,

TERRELL OWEN YNS.

AND DADDY WANTS IN.

I HAVE EVERYTHING IT TAKES.

I'M A CELEBRITY.

I TURN ONE OF GIANTS OF

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE MAURICE

SENDAK AUTHOR OF WHERE THE WILD

THINGS ARE AND HIS LATEST

BUMBALARDI.

I HARDLY RECOMMEND IT UNLESS YOU

ARE JEWISH.

YOU CAN'T READ BOOKS ABOUT PORK.

STICK WITH THE VERY -- VELVETEEN

RABBI.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TALKING TO

ME TODAY.

>> PLEASURE.

THANK YOU.

>> STEPHEN: TELL ME ABOUT

CHILDRENS LITERATURE.

YOU THINK BY WRITING BOOKS FOR

CHILDREN YOU ARE SENDING

CHILDREN THE MESSAGE THAT

READING IS IMPORTANT?

>> VERY MUCH SO.

YES.

>> STEPHEN: LET'S TALK ABOUT

KIDS.

I DON'T TRUST THEM.

>> IS THAT TRUE?

>> STEPHEN: THEIR BIDING THEIR

TIME UNTIL WE'RE GONE AND THEY

GET OUR STUFF.

THEY TAKE OUR PLACE.

IT'S AN INTERESTING POINT OF

VIEW.

>> STEPHEN: THANK YOU.

>> BUT NOT INTERESTING TO ME

PARTICULARLY.

THERE'S SOMETHING IN THIS

COUNTRY THAT IS SO OPPOSED TO

UNDERSTANDING THE COMPLEXITY OF

CHILDREN.

IT'S QUITE AMAZING.

>> STEPHEN: WHAT DO YOU MEAN

THE COMPLEXITY OF CHILDREN?

THEY HAVE IT EASY.

THEY GET DRIVEN EVERY PLACE.

WE FEED THEM, DRESS THEM.

NEWT GINGRICH SAID IT: CHILDREN

DON'T HAVE A WORK ETHIC.

>> NEWT GINGRICH IS AN IDIOT.

I'LL GIVE HIM THAT.

>> STEPHEN: HE'S AN HISTORIAN.

>> YES, BUT THERE'S SOMETHING SO

HOPELESSLY GROSS AND VILE ABOUT

HIM.

I CAN'T TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY.

>> STEPHEN: LESS AGREE TO

DISAGREE.

>> SURE.

>> STEPHEN: WHY WROIT FOR

CHILDREN.

>> I DON'T WRITE FOR CHILDREN.

>> STEPHEN: YOU DON'T?

>> NO, I WRITE AND SOMEBODY SAYS

THAT'S FOR CHILDREN.

I DIDN'T SET OUT TO MAKE

CHILDREN HAPPY OR MAKE LIFE

BETTER FOR THEM OR EASIER FOR

THEM.

>> STEPHEN: DO YOU LIKE THEM?

>> AS FEW AND FAR BETWEEN AS I

DO ADULTS MAYBE A BIT MORE

BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE ADULTS AT

ALL.

>> STEPHEN: LET ME JUST GET

THAT MAURICE SENDAK CHILDREN,

EH.

[ LAUGHTER ]

DIDN'T KNOW THAT.

NEW TOPIC.

BOOK SIGNINGS.

>> DREADFUL.

>> STEPHEN: REALLY?

YOU MUST HAVE GROUPIES?

>> YES BUT THEY DON'T MEAN

ANYTHING.

>> STEPHEN: HOT YOUNG MOMS

COMING UP TO YOU.

WHERE THE WILD MILFS.

>> THAT WOULD NOT AFFECT ME

BECAUSE I'M A GAY MAN.

>> STEPHEN: SORRY WHAT?

>> THAT WOULD NOT AFFECT ME

BECAUSE I'M A GAY MAN.

>> STEPHEN: I THINK YOU JUST

SAID YOU ARE A GAY MAN?

>> YES.

>> STEPHEN: WHY ARE YOU

ALLOWED TO WRITE CHILDREN'S

BOOKS?

YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HEAD BOY

SCOUT TROOPS.

>> I WOULDN'T DREAM OF WANTING

TO.

>> STEPHEN: WHAT DOES A GAY

MAN CARE ABOUT CHILDREN?

>> THEY ARE PEOPLE.

THEY CAN'T HAVE CHILDREN.

>> OF COURSE THEY CAN.

>> STEPHEN: YOU ARE MISGUIDED

IF YOU THINK GAY MEN CAN HAVE

CHILDREN.

>> THEY COULD DO THAT.

>> STEPHEN: I'M SURE YOU PUT

EFFORT INTO IT BUT IT WILL NOT

WORK.

LET'S MOVE ON.

YOU EXPRESSED FRUSTRATION IN THE

MEDIA THAT ALL THEY WANT TO TALK

ABOUT IS WHERE THE WILD THINGS

ARE.

>> TRUE.

>> STEPHEN: LET'S TALK ABOUT

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE.

WHY NOT DO A SEEK SEQUEL TO

THIS?

>> IT'S THE MOST BORING IDEA

IMAGINABLE.

>> STEPHEN: WHERE THE WILD

THINGS ARE TWO STILL WILDING

FEATURING VIN DIESEL.

>> WHO IS VIN DIESEL.

>> STEPHEN: FAST AND FURIOUS?

YOU DO THIS BOOK YOU GET A TIE

IN WITH BURGER KING OR TACO

BELL.

IT COMES WITH WHERE THE WILD

THINGS ARE SNACK PACK.

>> IT'S SO BAD NOT ONLY WILL IT

SELL IT WILL MAKE POTS AND POTS

OF MONEY FOR YOU.

>> STEPHEN: CAN I GET THE

BLESSING OF YOUR ESTATE.

IN ABSOLUTELY.

>> STEPHEN: DO YOU HAVE THAT

ON TAPE?

>> BUT IT HAS TO BE AS BAD AS IT

LOOKS LIKE IT IS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> STEPHEN: LET'S LET THE

PUBLIC JUDGE WHETHER IT'S BAD BY

WHETHER THEY BUY IT.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE FREE

MARKET?

>> NO STOONCHTS I CAN'T HELP YOU

THEN.

BY THE WAY, WHY WHERE THE WILD

THINGS ARE, THE WILD RUMPUS IS

THAT -- IS THAT -- IS RUMPUS

SEX?

>> SURE.

>> STEPHEN: THE WILD RUMPUS

BEGINS.

>> THE WHOLE BED GOING UP AND

DOWN.

MOTHER SCREAMING, FATHER SAYING

SHUT UP.

>> STEPHEN: YOU KNOW MAKING

LOVE.

>> AND BEING HAPPY.

>> STEPHEN: LET'S TALK ABOUT

IN THE -- CAN WE?

>> SURE.

>> STEPHEN: THIS IS BANNED ALL

OVER THE PLACE DO YOU KNOW WHY?

>> HE HAS A (bleep).

>> STEPHEN: HE HAS A TALLY

WHACKER.

>> I NEVER HEARD THAT.

>> STEPHEN: YEAH, YEAH A

JOHNSON.

>> A JOHNSON.

>> STEPHEN: YOU EVER HEARD OF

JOHNSON.

A SVON.

IT'S IN YOUR BOOK.

WHY ARE YOU PRINTING A SMUTTY

BOOK?

>> BECAUSE HE'S A BOY.

>> STEPHEN: YOU DON'T HAVE TO

RUB IT IN OUR FACE.

BOYS WEAR PANTS.

>> NOT WHEN THEY ARE DREAMING.

I NEVER HAD A DREAM YOURSELF

WHERE YOU WERE TOTALLY -- HAVE

YOU EVER HAD A DREAM YOURSELF

WHERE YOU WERE TOTALLY NAKED.

>> STEPHEN: NO.

>> YOU ARE A MAN OF LITTLE

IMAGINATION.

>> STEPHEN: I LOVE THE BOOK

BUT EVERY COPY I HAVE I REMOVED

THE PENISES FROM IT.

>> OH, MY GOD YOU HAVE.

>> STEPHEN: YEP.

THERE'S NOTHING THERE.

MOVED THE BUTT CRACK OVER HERE.

OKAY, TAKING THE PENIS OUT OVER

HERE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT

THE PENIS.

>> NOT AT ALL.

>> STEPHEN: OFFENDING ANYBODY.

BUT I KEEP THEM.

I CUT THEM OUT IN PUT THEM IN A

PLASTIC BAG.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH

YOU, OF COURSE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

I AM SO IMPRESSED.

>> STEPHEN: JOIN US TOMORROW

FOR THE CONCLUSION OF

GRIM-COLBERT-Y-TALES WITH

MAURICE SENDAK.

>> IT'S A MIRACLE I HAVE LIVED

THIS LONG WITHOUT HAVING

DESTROYED A