Since his birth, the life of Philippe Meyer has been a long series of renouncements. Whilst still in middle school, after mature reflection, he renounced the Nobel Prize in Physics. A few years later, the Field Medal in Mathematics. Still later, he renounced the École Polytechnique, the École Nationale d’Administration, Maoism, the École Normale and the Conservatory and the obtaining of a substantial living allowance from his family. At the end of puberty, he renounced military life and the exclusive company of boys. Then, having experienced the ways of love, he renounced those creatures who might refuse to give themselves to him. Numerous morally and intellectually profitable encounters led him to renounce believing that the moon was made of green cheese. He therefore renounced finding anything cultural better than on the French rock TV station and picking up any trace of life on its cultural counterpart. He declares that he is prepared to study any proposition up until the next renouncement. Philippe Meyer’s professional life will have taken him from research in social history to the stage by way of documentary cinema, a billet at the radio, and classical music. In particular, he has hosted the television shows Revenez quand vous voulez nd Anicroches, and the radio programmes Allegro serioso, libre examen and L’Esprit public.