Editors are, he writes, "before anything else, taker-outers, lighteners of the overpacked sentence."
He also reflects on the writer-editor relationship:
"In their hearts, writers think of editors as little as society ladies think of maitre d's: one tips them heavily and listens wide-eyed to their advice on the menu, but the point is to keep that table." (And, in their hearts, all editors think of writers as maitre d's do society ladies: spoiled, demanding children -- if only, sigh, you could run a restaurant without them.)"
Not that I personally think this way.