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Guy Debord (1931-1994)

"Pour savoir écrire, il faut avoir lu, et pour savoir lire, il faut savoir vivre"

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A French situationist arch-rebel. Filmmaker and poet, urban critic and political theorist, adventurer and activist extraordinaire during Paris' May 1968 riots, Debord was a "Jiminy Cricket", a prophet always ahead of his times. Best-known as guru of the avant-garde revolutionary movement the Situationist International, and for a classic indictment of post-war capitalist consumerism, The Society of the Spectacle, Debord's life and work remains fascinating to this day. Yet the man himself remained elusive and enigmatic throughout his life. In the 80s he moved in an isolated farmhouse in Champot (Auvergne), where in December of 1994, at the age of 62, he shot himself. It was not his first attempt, having tried to asphyxiate himself once before in 1955. As he predicted the French press, who had always repudiated the significance of the Situationist International, suddenly made him a celebrity. His lessons are as fresh, subversive, and relevant now as they were forty years ago.
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