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A Half Century of Sondheim Collaborations

One night last week, father (Paul) and son (Alex) Gemignani dropped in on Stephen Sondheim at his town house in Turtle Bay. He bought the building in 1960. “I call it the house that ‘Gypsy’ built,” Sondheim said. The musical Gemignanis…

“Color and Light,” by Sally Rooney

Audio: Sally Rooney reads. The first time he sees her she’s getting into his brother’s car. He’s sitting in the back seat and she gets into the front, closing the passenger door behind her. Then she notices him. She cranes around,…

Briefly Noted Book Reviews | The New Yorker

The Collected Schizophrenias, by Esmé Weijun Wang (Graywolf). This essay collection explores schizophrenia, “the archetypal disorder of lunacy,” as a sociopolitical, medical, and personal phenomenon. Wang was given a diagnosis of…

Sally Rooney on Being Seen by Others

Your story in this week’s issue, “Color and Light,” follows Aidan, a young man who works at a seaside hotel, as he meets Pauline, a sophisticated woman who is mostly a mystery to him. How were you thinking about the excitement of the…
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