I am neither a sinologist nor an expert on Daoism. Doing this translation is just a way of thinking slowly about the text. By sharing the process, I hope that others who have admired it in translation can ‘peek behind the curtain’ a little.
The translation aims to preserve the ambiguity, simplicity, and allusive, metaphorical language of the original. The footnotes aim to show my working out. Nothing is finished. Let me know if you notice errors.