And now it is Monday again, and I am back to editing editing editing editing (bread baking) editing editing editing (laundry) editing. It makes me recall one of the best things I read all weekend--the cover letter that the managing editor of the Sewanee Review sends to accompany all author proofs:
There’s no need to be demure or incensed [about editorial changes]. I hope you believe, as we do, that we are all in this together. And though we might quibble about the means, we must agree on the end: an excellent finished work that is lucid, if not revelatory.I love everything about this--including the ambiguous final phrase. "Lucid, if not revelatory"? Does this mean "clear but not earthshaking"? "Clear and, we all hope, earthshaking"? "Clear and (as we all know) not earthshaking but the best we're likely to get"?
And there there's "demure or incensed." Ah, edited ones, you know who you are.