Seems the best way to force myself to pay attention to the text, the whole text, and nothing but the text is to copy-edit it. It's a truth I rather wish weren't.
Today, I focused on the only online version of Mark Twain's Letters from Earth. The link'll take you to it. The next post'll be about it.
The hyper-vigilance required to produce clean-copy forced me to crawl the bowels of Twain's text. Through tedium, I earned an understanding of it pleasure never produced. That, however, will be the subject of the next post. For now, I simply want to ask:
What do you do to focus your critical faculties on a text? Read it aloud? Re-read it in different languages? Re-translate the original into English, or from English into another language you know? Read it really, really hard?