[NetBehaviour] Excellent: On Drinking - Guy Debord...

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Jul 25 17:52:43 CEST 2005


Hi Andy,

No I have not - is it worth delving into?

marc

>Outstanding
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>The legend of the holy drinker?
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>>          On Drinking
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>>Guy Debord
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>>After the circumstances that I have just recalled, it is no doubt the
>>quickly acquired habit of drinking that has marked my entire life. Wines,
>>spirits and beers: the moments when some of them became essential and the
>>moments when they returned have traced out the main course and meanders of
>>days, weeks and years. Two or three other passions, which I will talk
>>about, have almost continually taken up a lot of space in this life. But
>>drinking has been the most constant and the most present. Among the small
>>number of things that I have liked and known how to do well, what I have
>>assuredly known how to do best is drink. Even though I have read a lot, I
>>have drunk even more. I have written much less than most people who write;
>>but I have drunk much more than most people who drink. I can count myself
>>among those of whom Baltasar Gracian, thinking about an elite
>>distinguishable only among the Germans - but here very unfair, to the
>>detriment of the French, as I think I have shown - could say: 'There are
>>those who have got drunk only once, but it has lasted them a lifetime.'
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>>Furthermore, I am a little surprised - I who have had to read so often
>>the most extravagant calumnies or unjust criticisms of myself - to see
>>that a total of thirty years or more have passed without some malcontent
>>ever instancing my drunkenness as an argument, at least implicitly,
>>against my scandalous ideas - with the one, belated exception of a piece
>>by some drug addicts in England who revealed around 1980 that I was
>>destroyed by alcohol and had thus ceased to be harmful. I never dreamed
>>for an instant of hiding this perhaps questionable side of my personality,
>>and it was there beyond doubt for all those who met me more than once or
>>twice. I can even note that it has sufficed me on each occasion a rather
>>few days in order to be highly regarded, in Venice as in Cadiz, and in
>>Hamburg as in Lisbon, by the people I have met only by frequenting certain
>>cafes.
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>>more...
>>http://www.monoculartimes.co.uk/avantgardening/debordondrinking.shtml
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