from Guy Debord

To Patrick Mosconi[1]
26 June 1990

One more you are strange. These stories of the Renseignements generaux[2] are so archaic that I can only believe that, today, one can suppose them to be truly at home with an analysis of my value. You yourself have confessed to working in the most modern disinformation, with, for example, Bastid or Manchette & George (of avenue Netter).[3] But I have discovered on my own that you have employed such techniques to dissuade an unfortunate woman from trying to get close to me, by falsifying the statistics of suicide among my entourage.

Given the quality of that person, I cannot say that it harmed me too much. But the matter has displeased me for the last three years, and this is what you must first explain if we are to meet.


[1] Translator's note: born in 1950, Patrick Mosconi is an author and screenwriter. After Debord's suicide in 1994, Mosconi's name became closely associated with that of Debord's widow, Alice Becker-Ho.

[2] Translator's note: the French equivalent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

[3] Translator's note: "Manchette & George" is a reference to Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jean-Pierre George, whom Debord (incorrectly) believed were one and the same person.

(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.)

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