Possible Characteristics of this Publication 1-7
  1. The text will be anonymous. Anonymity... Constitutes a collective or plural speech: a communism of writing.

  2. Thus the texts will be fragmentary: precisely to make plurality possible, to open a place for it and at the same time never to arrest the process itself...Always already ruptured... Meaning not in themselves but in their conjunction-disjunction, their being placed together and in common [mise en commun], their relations of difference.

  3. The fragmentary or, more simply, fragments, sentences, paragraphs, which when put into relation with others... Taking on new meaning... Furthering our research. Abandon any preconceived idea of originality or the privilege of being previously unpublished.

  4. Information collected as is... In its brute force and without commentary, sparsely... Or densely punctuating the discontinuous... Series of texts... Will also belong to our research.

  5. Thus... Those who are without words, who are not writers, the very people whom the discourse does not reach - even though it is in this discourse that they believe they can best make themselves heard - must have a place in which to express themselves or to find themselves expressed, whether directly or indirectly.

  6. In short, language is given not in the content of the texts nor in their form but through their relations, the necessarily disharmonious ensemble that they constitute. With this discontinuity that they preserve through this nonclosure, there will be a search for a more radical language that is situated outside discourse, outside of culture, and that while being declarative, should continue to maintain the incessant work of questioning.

  7. We are essentially irregular... Bound to a temporal irregularity... Just as much as an irregularity of format and formulation... Perpetually decentred centres... Everything belongs to us... We belong to everything... And to nothing.

    Comité: The First Issue. Bulletin Published by the Student-Writer Action Comitee in Service of the Movement (October 1968) Maurice Blanchot, Political Writings, 1953-1993, translated by Zakir Paul. Fordham University Press 2010