The New York Times revisits the Raymond Carver-Gordon Lish saga today, in a piece about Tess Gallagher's desire to publish Carver's first book of stories in its original, pre-Lish state. For those unaware of what's at stake, the piece gives a brief overview and refers to D.T. Max's 1998 New York Times Magazine piece: but curiously fails to link to Max's piece in the body of the story. Max's piece--almost 8000 words long--is one of the essential pieces of literary journalism: it's fantastic. Motoko Rich's piece today is pretty good, but is essentially an update whose most fascinating item is the possibility that some future Library of America volume devoted to Carver (I'm dying for that) will include the original, unedited stories in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love under a new title, Beginners, and relegate WWTAWWTAL to an appendix. This seems backwards to me, but either way: it's a great idea to include both--it's not as if the cat hadn't long-since left the bag about Lish's heavy-handed editorial instincts and Carver's regrets.