A Few Extra Remarks
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of individuality in crazed people like him? The archetype of iconoclasm is a contradiction in terms. As for Gruel's beloved Elvis, my understanding is that he was connected all right, connected with the mafia and the Nixon White House!
MARCUS HAS NOT RESPONDED to the real content of my substantive objections to his treatment of Debord, nor have any of the people who have thus far commented on my book. To my mind, this shows me the degree to which Marcus and his readers are either ignorant of Marxist dialectics and historicity, or the degree to which they are such rabid structuralists that they would seek to censor these concepts. It's pretty damned dishonest to fail to mention the concept of irreversible time in Debord's Marxist historicity as outlined in Society of the Spectacle and then use the poorly translated phrase "the reversible connecting factor" from a minor essay to support a structuralist analysis such as Jung's activation of archetypes. This dishonesty is compounded when the alien principle of the "activation of archetypes" is said to be Debord's. One would think that the editors of an academic press like Harvard University Press would be more scrupulous than to allow such an erroneous identification and, perhaps even more importantly, lack of identification. In winding this up, I'll repeat I once loved Lipstick Traces - especially his interviews (reconstructed from notes, according to Greil, not taped), and for them, I'm grateful that Marcus and his "traces" exist. I too made mistakes in Guy Deobrd -Revolutionary, but only minor ones (mostly typos due to the fact that I was in Paris when the book went to press and never saw the galleys - these typos and minor errors will be rectified in the second edition).
AS FOR BROWN'S PREDICTION of the imminent obsolescence of my book, I will answer the points raised in turn: