[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]
"An obsessive corrector, Gorky would sit for hours with a blue pencil annotating manuscripts -- his own and everyone else's. Finishing a newspaper, he would cover the pages with additions and alterations, then throw it away. A conservative group once sent him a rope noose and a threatening note. He threw out the noose and corrected the note in blue pencil, so that the rabid ideas remained but were expressed more clearly."
Posted by Daniel on 07.19.2008
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