Reposting from Tumblr, because it’s worth it. “A little boy… sent me a charming card with a little drawing. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.” — from Maurice Sendak’s 2011 interview with Terry Gross. [Fresh Air via @LettersOfNote]
Intriguingly, I’ve recently received a number of queries sent in response to my strong stated interest in literary fiction, to which I say… huh? Sure, on my submissions page, I mention I’m looking for “brilliant, funny, original middle grade and young adult fiction, both literary and commercial” but this is all in one bullet point, and thus, I think pretty clear that the word “literary” here refers to “middle grade and young adult fiction.” Does anyone still remember how to diagram sentences?