So there is something incredibly intimate in poring over these pages with care. It feels very, very lucky.
And wonderful that anyone with a picture i-d who comes to Bloomington can do the same.
As I’ve confessed here before, this textual editing--the painstaking combing and comparing of one edition, one version, against another--is new to me. Now, I have a notebook full of dozens of annotations like this:
- 147.11 to Septimus; ] to Om.
- 147.12 mankind, ] ~;
Except that, like lots of things when you do them intensely, it grows riveting and meaningful, so, by 4:00 in the afternoon, I’m like a crazy person, muttering “Oh! that’s interesting!” upon finding an em-dash changed to a parentheses.
Well, it is interesting. I’ll try to explain some other time.