from Guy Debord

To Mireille Guillet[1]
7 March 1990
Dear Mireille Guillet:

I do not quite understand your question concerning my opinion of the dossier of the Manifesto,[2] which you are translating.

My opinion, of course, is that critique must be completely free (and thus you do not have to worry about the publisher's "rights").

There are several good contributions in this dossier (Virno, Agamben, Ghezzi, Scarpelli).

I do not know if a foreword will be necessary, but I can tell you with certainty that everyone -- and, in the first rank, the people whom I mentioned -- thinks that you were very wrong to trust this with Carlo Romano, who is the most archaic of the cretins and has the air -- from the heights of his laughable incompetence -- of giving voice to critics who are infinitely more serious than he is.

But it is only your opinion that counts, since it is you alone who -- by publishing the poor devil[3] -- bear all the blame. As for me, fortunately, these stupidities do not concern me at all.

Guy Debord

[1] From Editions Via Valeriano.

[2] Il Manifesto of 6 July 1989, special issue on I situazionisti.

[3] The book would appear under the title Return to the future? The situationists, and would not mention Carlo Romano.

(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.)

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