Did you hear Maurice Sendak on Fresh Air last week?

I’m still thinking about Sendak. 

At one point Terry Gross asked him about whether he regrets not having children and he said no because he likes to read and write. Gross  said something like, “Yes, that requires a certain amount of self-absorption.”

See? This is what I meant when I wrote Sh! I’m reading
Now, I don't think anyone is saying you cannot read and write surrounded by family, but these tasks do require some solitude.