from Guy Debord

To Isidore Isou[1]
22 December 1954
My poor Isou:

Note the following truths.[2]

1) I am not “leader of the group.” As for you, I saw the other day. You are no longer very beautiful. Not even able to have a rich marriage.

2) On both the mental and financial planes, you are, precisely, shabby.

3) You are aware of your bankruptcy. This is what provokes your drooling[3] to the newspapers of the Latin Quarter.

I authorize you to publish this response. This will allow for several correctly written lines [to appear] in the prose of Isou-Spaccagna.[4]

Guy-Ernest Debord

[1] Registered letter.

[2] In response to a venomous article by Isidore Isou, entitled “Neo-lettrisme,” published in Enjeu (cf. Potlatch #15, 22 December 1954: “Economically weak.”)

[3] Translator: a derisive allusion to Isou’s film, which was entitled Treatise on Drool and Eternity.

[4] Jacques Spaccagna (1936-1990), a disciple of Isou.

(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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