Of Salman Rushdie, who once gave him a terrible review in the New York Times, he says: “That flaccid fuckhead. He was detestable. I called up the Ayatollah, nobody knows that.”
Roald Dahl: “The cruelty in his books is off-putting. Scary guy. I know he’s very popular but what’s nice about this guy? He’s dead, that’s what’s nice about him.”
Stephen King: “Bullshit.”
Gwyneth Paltrow: “I can’t stand her.”
I think if you look up “cantankerous” in the dictionary, Mr. Sendak’s picture is there. Also, it feels a bit like looking into the future. I suspect I’ll be (or perhaps already am?) the non-famous Tenderloin version of this particular strain of old coot-dom.