Your Friday Briefing – The New York Times

Watch: The Swiss drama My Little Sister,” about a sibling’s terminal cancer diagnosis. Our critic describes it as “small in scale and big in heart.”

Sing: A sea shanty. Over the past two weeks, a TikTok video of a Scottish postman singing a whaling ballad has been duetted thousands of times by professional musicians, maritime enthusiasts and a Kermit the Frog puppet, among others.

Make the most of this weekend indoors. At Home has our full collection of ideas on what to read, cook, watch, and do while staying safe at home.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby” is now in the public domain, meaning writers can mine the characters and plot for their own purposes without having to ask permission or pay a fee.

Already, the book has been adapted into a graphic novel, while independently published variations on the novel include “The Gay Gatsby,” by B.A. Baker, and the zombie-themed “The Great Gatsby Undead,” by Kristen Briggs. (From the promotional copy for Briggs’s book: “Gatsby doesn’t seem to eat anything, and has an aversion to silver, garlic and the sun, but good friends are hard to come by.”)

The most ambitious early entry might be “Nick,” a novel by Michael Farris Smith that focuses on the life of Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald’s narrator, before he arrived on Long Island and became caught in Gatsby’s orbit.

All of this follows several films, theater adaptations and other retellings. Gatsby has inspired a Taylor Swift song — “Happiness,” on her latest record, weaves together lines and images from the novel. And even the most minor characters have had spinoffs — Pammie, age 3 in Fitzgerald’s book, has her own story told in “Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter,” by Tom Carson.

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