from Guy Debord

To Patrick Straram
14 January 1955
Dear friend:

We were happy to learn that you are not in a truly painful situation.

As for disagreements, literary or otherwise, it is quite late to polemicize about them. The disavowal[1] that you gave Ivan [Chtcheglov] to give to us unfortunately marked the end of your collaboration, but not our fondness for you.

Finally, it is you who must choose the seriousness of these disagreements, just as you chose their origin.

In the memory of the rose, Fontenelle says, one has never seen a gardener die.[2]

Best wishes from all,

[1] Translator: of membership in the Lettrist International. See letter posted June or July 1954.

[2] Allusion to the current activity of Patrick Straram. [It would appear that, after moving to Canada, he became a gardener or a logger.]

(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! February 2011. Footnotes by the publisher, except where noted.)

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