from Guy Debord

To André Frankin[1]
8 December 1954
Dear comrade:

The defection of your friends in Liege isn’t surprising. At this stage of the action – the discovery of demands – the participants must know what they want, [which is] knowledge that isn’t within reach of all and that devalues lesser ambitions. We await your work in progress with interest.

If you can’t come to Paris, we will see you in Belgium, probably around Christmas, but soon all the same.

For the exhibition at Verviers, judge for yourself and make useful decisions in our name.

The nuclearists[2] are without interest. But Asger Jorn’s “Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus,” to which they belong, defends a really modern position on architecture.

We met [Paul] Nougé in Paris last month. He is a very likable man. Do you know his remarkable “Charleroi Lecture”? (Made in 1929 and published by Magritte in 1946.)

In the most recent issue of Potlatch, did you appreciate the extraordinary baseness of André Breton’s tract against us? No one has “offered his services” to the Stalinists, and others, like poor Breton has all his life.

Guy-Ernest Debord

[1] André Frankin, a future lettrist, then a Situationist without a section. Published articles in Potlatch under the anagram Leonard Rankine.

[2] Enrico Baj and Sergio Dangelo of the Nuclear Art Movement.

(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.)

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