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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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May 08, 2012


We are so sad, too! We have more Sendak books in Germany than any other author - so we just read them all last night. There are wonderful interviews with Stephen Colbert ( and another long one with Terri Gross (

Claire, did you hear the compilation of interviews that NPR's Terry Gross did with Sendak in honor of his life?! It was awesome. I had heard many of those interviews in their entirety on her show. They edited a really great medley of those interviews--had me teary. I immediately pulled out my copy of _Where the Wild Things Are_ and re-read it.

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