Champ Libre to Jean-Pierre Voyer
25 May 1978
Dear Voyer:

You’ve asked my opinion of a certain number of documents that I’ve received under the title “Clarifications,” relating to a small rip-off-exhibition of avant-gardist anti-political non-art.

Today, fortunately, there are many individuals who know how “to raise a little money without [experiencing] fatigue,” but the organizers of that bad pleasantry are totally ignorant. To avoid being engaged any longer in a project condemned to failure, it would certainly have been profitable for them to hire a good marketing[1] advisor.

This banal affair doesn’t merit my getting involved since my name wasn’t mentioned in it in a fashion that could allow one to believe in a kind of muted approval of a text that I [in fact] disapprove of.

I’ve learned from Grégoire[2] that you’ve collaborated on the production of the nasty poster entitled “The Whore of Paris,” which constitutes the principle reason for the dispute among these infants of critical theory. Preliminarily, and alongside cleverly developed truths about several details, the anonymous authors of this text announce to us that the thought of Marx and Hegel have not been critiqued until today and that it is, probably, to them – the authors of this discovery – that this imposing task falls.

This genre of Leftist showing off can only increase the confusion that the specialists and recuperators of every kind are trying to maintain.

It appears from the documents cited that you are the sole author of the text: my critical judgment[3] only finds itself considerably reinforced.

Gérard Lebovici[4]

[1] English in original.

[2] Roger Grégoire.

[3] Concerning the value of continuing to publish Voyer’s books, which Lebovici decided to stop doing in 1975.

[4] Voyer wrote five letters – dated 7 June 1978, 13 June 1978, 15 June 1978, 16 June 1978 and 20 June 1978, respectively – in response to Lebovici’s remark about Marx and Hegel. Lebovici answered none of these letters, which is why we have chosen not to include them here. At the end of the letter dated 20 June 1978, Lebovici added a note that says, “While this book was at the printer, Mr. Voyer continued to address to Champ Libre letters of the same kind, also without response.”

(Published in Editions Champ Libre, Correspondance, Vol. 1, Editions Champ Libre, Paris, 1978. Translated from the French and footnoted by NOT BORED! June 2012.)

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