Cover Photo: illustration of a woman reading a book amidst lush, larger-than-life green foliage
Illustration by Shanee Benjamin for Catapult

The Wildness of Maurice Sendak

Just as Sendak inverts a stereotypical association of white with youthful ingenuousness, Max inverts the expectations of many a children’s morality tale, for he is allowed to be wild.

This is a column by Gabrielle Bellot about books, the body, memory, and more.

FantasiaLittle Nemo in Slumberland

Where the Wild Things Are

Moby-Dick 

Where the Wild Things Are

Pierre: A Cautionary Tale

In The Night KitchenLittle Nemo in SlumberlandHiggelty Piggelty Pop!doesn’t

The Little Princecould Where the Wild Things Are

MausThe New YorkerMaus

Where the Wild Things Are In the Night Kitchen Outside Over There

The New York Times

Where the Wild Things Are

Gabrielle Bellot is a staff writer for Literary Hub and is the Head Instructor at Catapult. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Cut, Gay Mag, Tin House, Guernica, The Paris Review Daily, them, and many other places. Her essays have been anthologized in Indelible in the Hippocampus (2019), Can We All Be Feminists? (2018), and elsewhere. She holds both an MFA and PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University. She lives in Queens.