Monday, October 02, 2006

N'interprétez pas, machinez


When I'm revising, I use a pen and ink to make changes, cross out, insert.[...] Then I retype, and in the process of retyping I make more changes. I prefer to retype everything myself, because even when I think I've made all the changes I want, the mere mechanical business of touching the keys sharpens my thoughts, and I find myself revising while doing the finished thing.


You mean there is something going on between you and the machine?


Yes, in a way the machine acts as a stimulus; it's a cooperative thing.

from: Paris Review, Henry Miller Interview

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