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The point of the relay

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 30, 2001, 21:17
Irina Rempt wrote:
> > On Wed, 30 May 2001, Henrik Theiling wrote: > > > But just to throw in another alternative: How about parts from `Ars > > Amatoria' of Ovid? I just read it, it's fun. We could start with the > > Latin original if someone is able to translate it fluently.
Conlangers -- isn't the point of the Relay that the original text is ABSOLUTELY SECRET to everyone involved? You are here describing something that sounds more like the usual translation projects we've conducted in the past where everybody takes an agreed upon text and translates it into their language, whether it be "The Tower of Babel" from Genesis, or "Ars Amatoria," or whatever. All this talk about an original text from either the Silmarillion or Ovid defeats the point of the Relay. Whoever does the Relay chooses something that no one is expecting. That way the changes and the grapplings are more honest. It can certainly be a passage from "Ars Amatoria," one of my favorite ancient explorations of erotica, but let's not *discuss* it first, or offer suggestions, or let anybody know who the original author is. Let the Relay master, whoever that will be, come up with the text in secret. Then the revelations will be that much fresher. Just my teeth chattering together! :) I have a text. But I will need help with the webpage later on if it is to go up with any alacrity. If someone else has a text that hasn't been discussed, let him or her be Relay Master. Especially if this person is quick with HTML. Sally-- ========================================================== Tehwo ffrofrofrofroho! A c-c-c-c-cold summer! ============================================================


Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Irina Rempt <ira@...>