I am shamelessly stealing Anatoly’s title for his post, which I will translate rather than paraphrase:
“In March of 1955 Nabokov corresponded with the editor of the New Yorker about the changes the editor wanted to make in the text of the third chapter of Pnin. In the mid-’50s the New Yorker published chapters of Pnin in the form of separate stories, or sketches. This letter concerned the third chapter; Nabokov wrote 36 points with his reaction to 36 proposed changes. In some places he agreed with the editor, in others he insisted on having it his own way. I especially liked one of his responses:”
34. This insertion is impossible. Nothing should be added here. I worked for a month on this passage.
As one of Anatoly’s readers said, it would be interesting to know which passage was under discussion. And another reader quoted from Wikipedia:
On hearing that Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein would try to cut Princess Mononoke to make it more marketable, one of Studio Ghibli’s producers sent an authentic katana with a simple message: “No cuts”.