I suspect that Lydia Davis would come down on the side of the editor in the whole fat-Carver/skinny-Carver brouhaha. Might be a stretch on my part to call her anti-revisionist, but maybe not; my suspicion is based on her holding firm to the boring title:
Ways was written in the summer of 1966, when I was nineteen, for a fiction workshop led by Grace Paley during a summer session at Columbia University. (Fiction workshops were much less common in those days, and this was the only one I ever enrolled in.) I reproduce it here more or less as it was written: I have corrected a few spelling mistakes (e.g. “boothes,” “tableclothes,” and some of the Spanish words); changed the spelling of Louis (English or French) to Luis (Spanish); and reduced the capacity of the opera house from 12,000 to 3,000. If it were my choice now, I would not title the story Ways, which is vague and unexciting.
Ways appears in the inaugural issue of The International Literary Quarterly. I haven’t read anything there yet, but expect it will be clear and thrilling. As for the brouhaha, I can’t really come to a cogent argument one way or the other; exhaustion makes me wishy-washy. My first inclination, though, is that they should just publish the fat-Carver version – what harm can it do? It’s not as though English professors will be spilling into the streets, rending their blazers.