Maxes and Wild Things


I love Maurice Sendak just like all decent people, but I prefer his illustrations in “Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present” to “Where the Wild Things Are.”   The latter book is poised to be ruined forever by the movie version, and if that’s not enough there are the product tie-ins.


Look at this tragically idiotic “Max suit” by Opening Ceremony for $610. Naturally, it is sold out.   I thought we were well past Plushies and Furries but no, not yet. Why is this supposed to be cute? Why do grown ups have to co-opt a children’s book? Children need Mommies and Daddies, not ironic label whores dressed in bunny suits.

It annoys me to see the name Max debased like this. A Max should look more like this:


When my Max was born, the only Maxes around were old Jews. When Max was around 12 I think, Steven Spielberg named his kid Max and the scourge began. Still, the name cannot be ruined. It’s just too good.

Some other Wild Thing products include a couple of typically garish designs by jewelry designer Pamela Love.   Her claw necklace for Opening Ceremony is less ugly than her claw bracelets, but it still screams Ooh, Creepy Goth! which does nothing for me as a fashion statement.

If you like claws, you might appreciate my wacky vintage bracelet and earring set by Selro, a 50’s era brand that combined metal, plastic and rhinestones for its distinctive designs.



I have curated Quite the Collection of claw shit for years and years, but I am planning to sell most of it. I am much too busy having accidents and surgery to devote any time to a proper job. This Selro shit is in mint condition, $200 plus shipping. SOLD

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16 Responses to Maxes and Wild Things

  1. WendyB says:

    Should I not mention that my sister’s dog is named Max?

  2. Aja says:

    Damn you Opening Ceremony for posting my Halloween costume out and about!

  3. Alicia says:

    I can’t believe that sold out at $610. It’s footie pajamas with a foxtail attached!!


  4. JK says:

    I can type without bi-focals but I can’t read without them.

    So. Max was born and there were a whole bunch of Marines around?

    Sister, I worry here. You posted a “Smiling Wolf with Cub” fairly recently and the Duffmeister took note of your smile and offered advice – oh that your hip were in better shape and Mr. Wolf was not…

    But(t) heck, you’ll always be the girl of my dreams.

    What does cod liver oil cost in California?

  5. alittlelux says:

    you know i love maurice sendak too. i grew up watching the pnb nutcracker ballet we had on vhs. he designed the sets and i believe costumes as well. and i always loved “pierre”.
    … but i don’t think i will see the movie. i think it might be too cool for me.

    urban outfitters is also doing a whole promotional tie in. lame. and overpriced.

  6. dexter vandango says:

    Good to hear everyone is out of critical condition and back to being critical.

  7. I’m trying to imagine who pays $600 for that get-up. My brother made himself a wild thing suit when he was in high school and wore it regularly for a couple of years until the tail dropped off.

  8. Jill says:

    Magnificent Max

  9. I like the old Jewish man litmus test for baby naming.

  10. Ann says:

    That picture of your Max takes my breath away. Max is a beautiful name for either a girl or a boy and blessed is he (or she) who can successfully carry the moniker.

    The news that anyone (let alone Urban Outfitters) has planned any type of clothing line to commemorate the bastardization of one of the loveliest books of all time is disgraceful.

  11. Sarah P says:

    I totally agree with Ann – that picture is so full of life and soul. What a bonny boy! Love to you both ALL OVER AGAIN (we can’t say it enough).

    On a slightly more bitter note: danm you Sister Wolf, that’s the second time you’ve posted some amazing claw jewellery and it’s now a toss-up between paying my tuition fees or going Etsy shopping and I think we know which is going to win out here…


  12. What a gorgeous photo – I would say something entirely inappropriate but I’ll just leave it as keep Madonna away from him otherwise Jesus will out on his ears!

  13. Bex says:

    Hope you and your mending hip are doing well..I am facing a surgery anxiety hubby’s doctor found a mass on his kidney and has to have surgery, and they don’t know if it’s malignant or benign…

    bad-ass jewelery… xoxo

  14. Stephanie says:

    Geez, your Max is gorgeous. Single? 😛

    “Curated” like Sea of Shoes Mom “curated” her collection of fur coats? Haha.

  15. hammie says:

    I bloody love that book and love the youtube clips of the movie! A world where wild kids can be as wild as they like and not only fit in but RULE?

    And you get to be friends with Tony Soprano and a big headed but gentle monster thing? And have Catherine Keener as your mom?

    What’s not to like? xx

  16. TheShoeGirl says:

    I must thank Wendy Brandes for sending me your way… your blog is amazing 🙂 I’m a big fan of sass.

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