It was the classic Sendak shtick—light and dark at the same time, and also totally true.
Sendak's lumbering German Shepherd, Herman—named after Melville—was snoring at our feet.
N.C. Wyeth and William Steig and Sendak are just doing their jobs as far as a kid is concerned.
When Sendak made an alphabet book, he called it Alligators All Around.
Like Sendak, Miyazaki is somewhat cranky—a pessimist at odds with modernity.
But coming to Sendak as an adult, I understood immediately that here was someone special.