by Kelvin Smith
Editing takes place at the margins, where change occurs, but redaction hits at the core where no change is normally allowed. Literatim, brick by brick, adjusting the structure within the footprint determined by law and design; overstepping the ability of the materials to hold up under the strain.
An editorial architecture can open up a space for life, or create sterility like that of international airports, bridges, or opera houses: apotheosized constructs of cultural capitalism. Like a building put down on an over-planned and systematic global template, a redacted text struggles for its life beyond its immediate purpose, while classy editing produces living breathing publishing vistas.