Friday, January 1, 2010

Proofreading, part 17

A funny thing about checking the letters like this is that you completely lose track of where you are in the Torah.

When you're writing, you say the words out loud as you're going along. You're going very slowly, so you might forget what was happening a few paragraphs before, but you know what's happening in the part you're writing.

When you hear the letters coming at you, one after the other, and you're focusing on them as individual letters and not as words, as a string and not as a text, you don't have that awareness. At least, I don't. Try it with a friend and a lump of English sometime, see what you make of it. It's very interesting, I think – yet another perspective on the Torah text that I wouldn't have suspected was there.

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