Death of a Traveling Salesman

In the course of the round of [press] conferences that he made in Europe to place Limelight in the limelight, Mr Chaplin was insulted by us at the Ritz Hotel and we denounced him as a merchant and a cop.

The obsolescence of this man, his indecent obstinacy in displaying his out-of-date face on our screens, and the poor affection of this poor world that recognizes itself in him seem to me to be quite sufficient reasons for this interruption.

Jean-Isidore Isou, however, frightened by the reactions of Chaplin's admirers -- except for the Lettrists, the French are admirers of Chaplin -- published a disavowal in unacceptable terms.

We were then in a foreign country; the explanation that he gave us upon our return and his maladroit efforts to minimize the affair did not appear acceptable to us and, in the days that followed, we warned him that a communal action would henceforth be impossible.

We are so little impressed by the belletrists and their tactics that the incident has almost been forgotten; this is as true as if Jean-Isidore Isou had never existed for us; as if his lies and his denial never existed.


(Published in Internationale Lettriste #1, December 1952. Translated from the French by NOT BORED!)

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