English to English Translation
Slate has this sick new tool called Plain English which NPR used to translate the Fed’s legalesed-up statement (re: their $600B inflation experiment) into something those of us without a law degree can wrap our heads around.
Are you the author? Julie asked.
Oh no, said Peter. I am the translator.
From what language was it translated?
It was translated from English, he said, into English.
You must have studied English.
Yes I did study English.
Is it long? Thomas asked, looking at the thin book.
It is not long, Peter said, and at the same time, too long.
— Donald Barthelme, The Dead Father
Writing is translation. Translation is mistranslation. Missed connections are writing is translation.