from Guy Debord

To Marcel Marien
Tuesday, 11 June 1957
My dear Marien:

I am returning the proofs[1] to you as fast as I can.

1) The pagination must be as light as possible. The interval between paragraphs must be equal throughout.

2) Each of the six parts should begin at the top of the page, the title being placed a little below the very top of the page – and a blank several lines long should be left between the aforementioned title and the beginning of the text (adopt this arrangement even if it obligates you to print more than 16 pages).

3) Do not forget the handful of half-lines that must be printed at the bottom of the back cover (and that allude to the non-commercial intention of the pamphlet[2]).

4) In the shortest period of time, please try to obtain 300 copies, of which I have an urgent need (even a dozen copies in advance of the 300 would be very useful to me). On the other hand, the 700 remaining copies [of the press run] are not made. Printers generally like this type of concession.

Thank you in advance. I now leave [Cannes] for Paris, where I hope to have news from you.

Quite amicably,
G.-E. Debord

[1] Printer’s proofs for Debord’s Report on the Construction of Situations and the Conditions for the Organization and Action of the International Situationist Tendency. [Translator: This text appears to have been written in March 1957.]

[2] “The Report, presented to the members of the Lettrist International, the International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus, and the London Psychogeographical Committee as the basis for discussion within these organizations and as a document for their propaganda, will in no case be put on sale.” [Translator: Written in French, the Report would soon after be translated into English, Italian and Arabic.]

(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol "0": Septembre 1951 - Juillet 1957: Complete des "lettres retrouvees" et d l'index general des noms cites by Librairie Artheme Fayard, October 2010. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! March 2011. Footnotes by the publisher, except where noted.)

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