Maurice Sendak teaches Stephen Colbert how to write a children’s book.

Oddly, I’m writing about Maurice Sendak twice in one month. But dude deserves it.

I guess he’s having his Betty White moment. Whatever the case, I’ll take any gem or pearl this wild thing has to offer.

Please allow yourself both parts of Sendak’s recent appearance on the Colbert Report, where genius of another type Stephen Colbert provides a great match to Sendak’s deadpan spin on life and writing…

Part 1

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 1
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Part 2

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Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 2
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Where Maurice Sendak’s Wild Things Are.

Loved this interview with Maurice Sendak, author/illustrator galore. Dude’s got attitude, like little Max.

“Herman Melville said that artists have to take a dive… and either you hit your head on a rock and you split your skull and you die, OR, that blow to the head was so inspiring you come back up and do the greatest work you ever did. BUT you have to take the dive.”

Best line:

“People say, why didn’t you do Wild Things II? Wild Things I was such a success… Go to hell. Go to hell. I’m not a whore. I don’t do those things.”

You got it, Maurice.

H/t Ahoova

Today's word: celeb/סלב

So the Globes article I was interviewed for came out today:

globes interview

My first Israeli 15 minutes of fame… You might call me a סלב (pronounced ‘celeb’). Can you guess what it means? Creative, I know.

UPDATE: Here’s the section of the article where I yap about Facebook. It’s the best I could do, they don’t post the full articles on the Globes site.

globes article

UPDATE: Here’s the article.

I'm no Bar Rafaeli, but…

As is known, I work for an American (Israeli) hi tech Internet company. Thanks to Dapper, (another American (Israeli) hi tech Internet company) we’ve been dabbling in creating Facebook applications as a word-of-mouth marketing tool.

Last week I got messaged from a guy who was interested in interviewing me for an article he was writing on Facebook app developers. I said, sure, of course – I used to be a journalist and I revel in giving journalists what they want. For some reason, it didn’t occur to me to ask which paper; I work in marketing and I guess I’m used to pitching by now.

After we finished, he casually mentioned it was going in Globes. Globes! That’s only the fanciest high profile financial business paper ’round these parts…

Today, I got a call from the photographer who wanted to come take my picture for the article. The whole thing was a trip because I used to be the one asking the questions and taking pictures.

I’ve been interviewed for articles before though. This was especially fun because I got to do the photog chatter in Hebrew. The photographer was actually the antithesis of pushy Israeli photojournalist. I posed and probably look incredibly dorky in the photos, but then again, see the second paragraph of this post.

The article is supposedly coming out for the weekend paper (Thursday/Friday). We’ll see how it comes out.