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Author: Anitra Budd

The Making of the Atrocities

I recently read one of my favorite childhood books, Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen, to my daughter. If you haven’t read it, it’s the story of a boy who faces everything from monstrous chefs to a plunge in a giant milk bottle to a brush with death by baking—and there’s full-frontal nudity! At her age, I read the book so many times I could recite it by heart, and I was excited to see her reaction to it. When I was finished reading, I asked, “So, what did you think?” She sniffed, “It’s all just silly, isn’t it?”...

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