Maurice Sendak proves why he's awesome on 'Colbert'

Photo courtesy of PBS' "American Masters"

Maurice Sendak gave his first of a two part interview on "The Colbert Report" last night. He talked about his career as one of the greatest living writers of children's literature ("I don't write for children. I write and someone says it's for children.") and dipping in politics a bit ("Newt Gingrich is an idiot of great renown ... There's something so hopelessly gross and vile about him it's hard to take him seriously"). 

Sendak, who wrote classics such as "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Harold and the Purple Crayon," [From Molly: Sorry, wrote this too fast!] is wonderfully ornery, going toe-to-toe with Colbert. The second part of the interview airs tonight at 11:30 p.m. on Comedy Central.

While Sendak wasn't born here, he has a strong local connection. If you haven't seen his archives at the Rosenbach Museum and Library (2008 Delancey St., 215-732-1600), you are missing out on a Philly gem. It's difficult to walk through his work without a feeling of childlike glee, as if you are Max at the Wild Rumpus. The Center City museum houses over 10,000 Sendak-ian items, from drawings to manuscripts and reguarly hosts Sendak-centric events, like Sendak in Spring on March 24 and 25.

They'll also open a new exhibit, Pen to Publisher: The Life of Three Sendak Books, with two galleries covering four decades of Sendak's career.

Watch the first part of Colbert's interview with Sendak below and then let us know you're your favorite Sendak work in the comments!