from Guy Debord

To Jean-Jacques Pauvert
10 November 1993
Dear Jean-Jacques:

The Decline and Fall[1] seems nicely made, and no doubt skillfully calibrated as an interesting "pamphlet." I suppose that it will be necessary to eventually bring out the entire series. With the same presentation and format, the next two could be: (G.D.) The Explosion Point of Ideology in China[2] and Tracts of the Situationist International in May 1968. I believe that the third one will measure the success of this series.

Memoires[3] is superbly realized. Overall, it is better made and more legible than the original edition; more luxurious, which is precisely the impression it should give.

As I said to you last Sunday, the only thing that has displeased me is the conventional method of payment. It would be dangerous to let the least sort of misunderstanding take root here, on such a terrain. First of all, I would ask for the same sum as soon as you have found a sufficiently intelligent protocol.[4] I might have to suspend our subsequent collaborations in publishing, but I am completely confident as to the brevity of this period.

Quite sincerely and amicably,

[1] Translator's note: "The Decline and Fall of the Spectacular Commodity Market," previously published as both a clandestine pamphlet (translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith) in the USA and an essay in the pages of Internationale Situationniste.

[2] Translator's note: originally published in Internationale Situationniste #11, October 1967.

[3] Translator's note: original published in 1957; re-published version printed in 1993.

[4] Translator's note: in a letter to Jean-Jacques Pauvert dated 25 October 1993, Guy Debord says, "I propose to call all that will conclude our considerations concerning our more or less Swiss projects in publishing the 'Champot Protocol.' Swiss as in Swiss bank account.

(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol 7: Janvier 1988-Novembre 1994 by Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2008. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! June 2009. Footnotes by the publisher, except where noted.)

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