June 18, 2014
Writers EDIT their works to the verge of an “inefficient expenditure of energy” (i.e. foolishness), then later even return to edit them again in new editions.
Oscar Wilde spent the morning editing a poem. By the end of the morning, he had managed to remove the word “and”. In the afternoon, he put it back.
In contrast: Film actors avoid watching their own films. Why? Because they cannot edit their performance.