Book now: Sondheim's sequel sets a publishing date

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Is it too early to plan your Christmas shopping? Of course not. This is America. And topping my wish list for Hanukkah Harry this year will be Stephen Sondheim's Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981--2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Wafflings, Diversions and Anecdotes, which—as Talkin' Broadway's eagle-eyed Ann Miner pointed out today—is now up for preorder at Amazon.com, with a sale date of October 25. The first volume of Sondheim's collected words, Finishing the Hat, was an instant stone-cold classic: Not just a definitive assemblage of some of the wittiest writing that has ever been devised for the stage, but also a professional autobiography, an opinionated tour of Golden Age writers, a manual on lyrics and a guide to their appreciation. It's a book that sharpens your thinking about the words and the world; Sondheim's songs may not all be catchy—or try to be—but his intelligence is contagious. We eagerly await the next outbreak.

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