Today’s Google doodle is the best I’ve seen yet. It’s an animated tour through the world of Maurice Sendak, the beloved author and illustrator who would have been 85 today had he lived (he died last year). I’m not familiar with all of Sendak’s work, as my childhood antedated his book, but i09 says this:
The animation takes us through Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and Sendak’s 2011 book Bumble-Ardy. Happy Birthday, Mr. Sendak.
Here’s a screenshot, but it doesn’t do it justice at all. It’s quite a long animation, and you must see it.
Sendak was an atheist, and stated in a September 2011 interview with Terry Gross on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air that he didn’t believe in God. He went on to elaborate, and said among other things, “It [religion, and belief in God] must have made life much easier [for some religious friends of his]. It’s harder for us non-believers.”
I posted this wonderful video (an illustrated recording, actually) when Sendak died, but it’s worth hearing again. This is part of Terry Gross’s interview with Sendak, and he expresses his love of life and loss of his friends. It’s terribly moving.
As he said, “there are so many beautiful things in this world.” He was one of them.