Saturday, December 09, 2006

editing a magazine

A couple weeks ago I agreed to edit a certain English-language magazine here. The result has been endless work from Thursday last week to Saturday this week. All in all there are twenty articles with writing like this:

"People have often settled and watched the relief. Some of them walk away soon, some stay forever. Then we’ll find the ones can’t move are statues. These statues dress the same as us. They play mobile phones while they are walking with bags. It seems like someone was executed the black magic and couldn’t move. Then they became ornaments of Chun Xi Road."

And this:

"The tone color of this film was source to the real image materials at that time. "

And this:

"These bodies or characters had been created by He Yi, some of them departed from us, some nodded silently with drifted souls, some paralyzed like a ash, some meant nothing in a corner, some turned into sign of erotic, some become abstract points and lines in state of prostration, were lack of main body or initiative. "

And finally:

"Some people call it ‘monster’ or ‘weird creature’. The specialist of this animal is it has no anus. That’s means only to put in but never take out."

If you think you need the context to understand these quotes you are wrong, as context does nothing to mollify how completely nonsensical parts of them are.

By the way, I agreed to do this job for free.

Next time I think I'll be asking for some compensation, as well as coverage for my headache medication.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to read the editted articles so that I could know why the oringinal writing was bad. Is it possible you post them here?

7:10 PM  
Blogger KMM said...

Sorry, unfortunately I don't think I'll post the edited articles here. Even though this is China, where copyright protection only exists when American companies want it to, I still feel there's something a little morally wrong with it.

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't thought about that not because I have no concerns of copyright, but because I thought that if there were no problems to post the original ones here, should be no problems to do so afterward. I totally forgot that you did the editions for a magazine. I guss that since the articles have been published, it is no longer a free thing. Anyway, thank you for the response. Wish you a Merry Christmas.

4:17 PM  

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