James Gandolfini Reads from Maurice Sendak’s Children’s Story “In The Night Kitchen”

Two weeks ago, we gave a brief, passing mention to a gem of a clip — James Gandolfini reading from Maurice Sendak’s controversial children’s book In The Night Kitchen (1970). Given the unfortunate and untimely demise of the actor, it seems worth putting this video directly into the spotlight for a moment. Gandolfini’s reading took place on September 15, 2008 at the 92nd St Y in New York City, at a celebration held on the occasion of Maurice Sendak’s 80th birthday. A fan of Sendak’s great children’s tales, Gandolfini also performed the voice of Carol in the 2009 film adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are. Listen below.

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