--- On Wed, 11/25/09, sonny <email@example.com> wrote
interesting. i expect many writers and other artists and, hell, just many people, look back at work and decisions and wish they'd done things differently.
but hammett didn't take it to the extreme of not allowing the books to be published/kept in print at least.
i imagine the temptation to change old work after time has passed is tempting.
-------------Often it's probably not a good idea to go back and change previous work, especially after several years. An example would be John D. Macdonald and his two collections reprinting some of his pulp stories, THE GOOD OLD STUFF and MORE GOOD OLD STUFF. These were stories written in the 1940's and I'd have preferred to read them as written and not updated or revised.
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