Go howl at the moon: BK tributes to honor Maurice Sendak tonight

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As I type this, I’m listening to a rebroadcast of Sendak’s final interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, which, if you haven’t heard it, is the SADDEST THING EVER, because it contains quotes such as: “I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. … What I dread is the isolation. … There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready,” and the interview does indeed involve a lot of crying. And here we sit unable to help feeling sad for the passing of an old man, remembering how he affected our lives in one way or another, even if he’s just another kid from Brooklyn done right.

But you don’t have to mourn alone: two Sendak memorial events are being held (so far) tonight:

One is an enticingly late event at 11pm at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope called Wild Rumpus: Remembering Maurice Sendak, which will feature “drinking/reading/musicking,” for which you should bring books, drinks, food, instruments and a can of soup to donate to City Harvest. The second, A Wild Rumpus of a Memorial, at 8pm at the Grand Army Plaza branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Details are sparse, but they invite you to come “howl at the moon,” which is enough for us.

Any other wild things going on tonight? Drinking tributes? An MCA/Sendak mashup DJ night? Put em in the comments, if you would.

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  1. Thanks for spreading the word, Tim! We’ll be gathering on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library at 8pm to honor Mr Sendak. There will be books and instruments. Mostly, there will be howling.

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