From Serge Berna, host of the Meeting of Failures and author of its 1950 manifesto:
They portray us as DUDS, and that is what we are.
We are nothing, we mean it, NOTHING AT ALL, and we intend to be of NO USE.
“Respectable people” harp on: ”WORK! BUCK UP! SUCCEED!” SUCCEED IN GETTING WHERE? IN DOING WHAT? IN WHAT CONDITION?
Our motto: IN ORDER TO ARRIVE, ABOVE ALL, DO NOT LEAVE.
All you, INCAPABLE, USELESS, IDLE, RAGGEDY BARFLIES!
Come and acknowledge one another and assert yourselves at the
GRAND MEETING OF FAILURES
to be held at the House of Learned Societies
8 Rue Serpente, Paris 5
15 March 1950. 8:15 p.m.
The following will discuss “The Merits of Impotence”:
Serge BERNA: left-wing syphilitic
Maurice-Paul COMTE: individual
Jacques PATRY: former Dominican
A free buffet will be served along with Madeleine AUERBACH.
Evening dress required!