The Half-Finished Hat
Very rarely do I reach out with small baby-grab motions toward a book, moaning softly. Trust me, it’s not a good look. But this one – oh, I’ve been waiting to get my mitts on it for months, and there it was in Foyles, ahead of Amazon! Sondheim’s dissection of his writing is enlightening, riveting and, in places, vitriolic.
The book comprises lyrics, notebooks, observations, anecdotes, tips and complaints. He’s his own toughest critic and sometimes unjustly hard on himself. One disappointing thing – this big volume ends at the arguable peak of his career, with ‘Into The Woods’, ‘Sunday In The Park With George’, ‘Passion’, ‘Bounce’ and all of his unfinished projects still left uncovered.
Apparently while Sondheim was in London a couple of weeks ago, he said that Volume 2 is on its way. This is a dream Christmas present for anyone who cares about words