from Mustapha Khayati

To Champ Libre
29 October 1976

The contorted dialectics[1] contained in the letter[2] that one of your advertising visionaries [3] made you sign can never change your only and unique reality, which is that of a merchant. I only certify that your publishing house attributes to me or denies to me the editing of The Poverty [of Student Life] depending on which one of my ex-comrades you believe. It is probably this comfortable position that today authorizes you to proudly identify yourself with the cadaver of a certain movement.

For the rest, it is unhealthy to talk theory with a soup merchant, and absurd to explain oneself with a signature.


[1] Trans: Literally, the Galipettian [galipettes] dialectics. A galipette in a childish skipping game.

[2] Trans: See letter from Lebovici dated 24 October 1976.

[3] Trans. The French is concepteurs publicitaires.

(Published in Editions Champ Libre, Correspondance, Volume I, Paris: 1978. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! January 2006.)

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