But it’s not about doing the verb, but rather about inhabiting the noun created by the action of paring down. Edit as place.

It’s Chicago--full of bluster, grit, and unapology. It’s not crafted or nurtured but machined and harvested. Butchered. In each mark of punctuation, there is emphatic spit.

Am I going to teach Hamlet with the same materials I always have or will I start all over again because that old stuff will no longer make sense to this new me?