from Guy Debord

To Jean-Paul Gueit
10 January 1991

On Valerie S[olanus][1]

"The tastes are formed in conversation, and one inherits the tastes of others when associating with them. Thus, it is a great happiness to associate with people of excellent taste." -- Gracian, H[omme] de C[our], LXV.

(The contrary leads to unhappiness.)[2]

[1] With respect to the SCUM Manifesto.

[2] Translator's note: On 22 January 1991, Debord wrote to Jacky Giraudo: "You know that we have had sympathy for Jean-Paul, despite his lugubrious friends. But he has sent us an old piece of American stupidity, the "SCUM-Manifesto," as if it were fresh news and even asking us our opinion of it. We responded to him that it is idiotic."

(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol 7: Janvier 1988-Novembre 1994 by Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2008. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! January 2009. Corrected November 2009. Footnotes by the publisher, except where noted.)

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