from Guy Debord

To Anita Blanc
29 September 1989
Dear Anita:

I have learned that the person named Hallier[1] (I do not know if the Argus knows him) permits himself to place my signature and several pages of extracts from Panegyric in his idiotic newspaper dated 20 September, without any other mention or explication, perhaps so as to draw a response. Of course I have no intention of reacting in any manner to such a despicable beast. Thus, if someone asks you something, you can adopt the following style: Mr Debord hasn't ever published in a newspaper . . . nor written for any newspaper . . . [he] is indifferent to what is done by the mediatics[2] . . . doesn't know Mr X (whatever the name of the person mentioned to you) . . . doesn't want to know him.


[1] Jean-Edern Hallier. [Translator: founding member of Tel Quel, then the newspaper The International Idiot.]

[2] Translator's note: there is no equivalent in English for the French word mediatique, which means more than "media," and suggests "the spectacular."

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

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