OK, I’m back… my book is finished and it’s time to report on some good books for the holidays. I’ll start at the top of my list, with more in posts to follow.
Sondheim fans (of which I am one) are lining up for this…
The second volume of his collected lyrics:
Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany
You don’t have to be a lyricist or even a theatergoer to enjoy it—just a word-lover. Anyone interested in the creative process will find it fascinating.
Writers of all stripes can learn from Sondheim’s approach to composition. Overcoming obstacles, finding flow and pulse. One minute he’s dissecting his art in great detail, the next he nails his point like a poet:
“There will always be a public for the past.”
You’ll find rabbits in his hat, of course—Sunday in the Park with George—so prepare to be dazzled.