Every copy editor, when beginning on a new story turned in by a familiar writer, has a preconception of how well written it will be and, more to the point, how accurate. Mary McCarthy once said about Lillian Hellman, “Every word she writes is a lie, including and and the.” If McCarthy had been Hellman’s editor, for the sake of whoever paid them both she wouldn’t have said a lie. She might have said carefree.