I like to connect existing URL blocks whenever possible in lieu of adding a block that's already elsewhere on Arena, but it's difficult to reliably search to see if a link exists on Arena without adding it and looking under "BLOCKS WITH THIS URL ALSO APPEAR IN." Could it be possible to search a URL in the search bar?
(the same applies for images but I think that would be much more complicated to resolve)
Good editors are really the third eye. Cool. Dispassionate. They don’t love you or your work; for me that is what is valuable—not compliments. Sometimes it’s uncanny; the editor puts his or her finger on exactly the place the writer knows is weak but just couldn’t do any better at the time. Or perhaps the writer thought it might fly, but wasn’t sure. Good editors identify that place and sometimes make suggestions. Some suggestions are not useful because you can’t explain everything to an editor about what you are trying to do. I couldn’t possibly explain all of those things to an editor, because what I do has to work on so many levels. But within the relationship if there is some trust, some willingness to listen, remarkable things can happen. I read books all the time that I know would have profited from not a copy editor but somebody just talking through it.
Tirdad Zolghadr, “Splendid Isolation,” in Amalia Pica (Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013), forthcoming.