Pearlman’s Guide to Rapid Revision was first published in 1965. The book is currently in its eighth printing. This means that an instructional manual on how to revise is, on its own terms, a revision. Although Nietzsche considered eternal returns to be the heaviest of burdens, poet Alice Notley had a different take. “Your face comes clearer as time passes,” she wrote, “as if goodbye were forever younger like your face.” Sometimes putting distance between effort and output helps in the editing process, much like how sperm and egg cells are produced by reducing the number of chromosomes in the parent cell. Without this form of ‘revision,’ human life would not exist.