maurice sendak colbert Maurice Sendak on 'The Colbert Report': 'Newt Gingrich is an idiot' and other pearls of wisdomOn Tuesday (Jan. 24), famed children’s book author Maurice Sendak (“Where the Wild Things Are”) sat down for a talk with Stephen Colbert on “The Colbert Report.” And apparently it is possible to become even more enchanted by the guy, because we did after watching this clip. Not only does he keep up with Colbert, he gets off a few fabulous lines of his own.

We suggest you drop everything and watch immediately, but if you can’t, we’ve collected some of the best lines for you here:

When Colbert talks about his own distrust of children, who are “just biding their time until we’re dead so they can take our stuff”:

“That’s an interesting point of view, but not interesting to me particularly.”

On Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich:

“Newt Gingrich is an idiot of great renown — I’ll give him that. … there is something so hopelessly gross and vile about him that it’s hard to take him seriously.”

On why he writes children’s books:

“I didn’t set out to make children happy or make life easier for them … I like [children] as few and far between as I do adults. Maybe a bit more because I really don’t like adults at all.”

On why his “In the Night Kitchen” has been banned in many schools and libraries:

“[The main character has] got a d***.”

He also gives Colbert his blessing to write “Where the Wild Things Are: Still Wilding, starring Vin Diesel,” but only on condition that the book be as bad as it looks based on Colbert’s cover mock-up.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson