A sad, loving farewell to the great playwright, librettist and director Arthur Laurents, who died in his sleep today at the age of 93. Mr. Laurents was best known for writing Gypsy (1959), The Way We Were (1973), and of course the incomparable West Side Story (1959), about which this author has nothing to say, except that without West Side Story the world as she knows and loves it would cease to exist.
He will be missed.
Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.