from Guy Debord

To Alexander Trocchi
26 February 1956
Dear Alex:

We have no attitudes in common, and we won’t for as long as you support such ideas about the individualist genius.

Personally, I believe in rational arguments: it is Sindbad[1] who doesn’t. I do not believe in solitude: it is Anstryn[2] who is alone. I do not believe in the importance of a person beyond his actions: it is Iris[3] and Gurdjieff[4] who do.

In such conditions, I can only say that I am not “annoyed” with you, but I do not know to what extent such a determination would interest either one of us.


[1] Translator: Sindbad Vail, son of Peggy Guggenheim.

[2] Translator: Anstryn Wainhouse, a translator with Olympia Press and later an editor of Merlin.

[3] Iris Clert, a gallery owner.

[4] Gurdjieff, a superficial guru.

(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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