While I've known that the man behind some of my favorite books as a child--namely Where the Wild Things Are and Chicken Soup with Rice--was the gay writer Maurice Sendak, I was not, however, aware of the fact that he should have been my hero for years. Unlike many openly gay public figures, Sendak doesn't seem too concerned with coming off as a shining example of propriety. In fact, he appears to be just what we can all assume he is: a curmudgeonly old man. And God bless him for that, because then we wouldn't have gotten the string of brilliant--and surprisingly astute, I might add--sound bytes from his interview with Stephen Colbert. My personal favorite is the way he so effortly tosses off the fact that he thinks that, "Newt Gingrich is an idiot of great reknown." Preach it, brother.