Friday, July 09, 2010

Daily Bleed for 7.9

When there are no more memories of heroes & martyrs,
& when all life & all the souls of men & women are discharged from any part of the earth,
Then only shall liberty or the idea of liberty be discharged from that part of the earth,
& the infidel come into full possession.

— Walt Whitman

Long version:

Short stuff:

Indian philosopher, radical anti-guru.


1802 -- Anything's Possible?: Thomas Davenport, invents first
commercially successful electric motor.

Makes the banana daiquiri possible.

1858 -- Franz Boaz lives.

1872 -- Songster Gaston Montehus (1872-1962) lives.
French revolutionary socialist & antimilitarist.

The recital of his songs were often stopped
by the anti-semitic reactionaries of Drumont or
the cops because of their subversive contents,
& the source of many brawls.

1878 -- Improved corncob pipe patented by Henry Tibbe,
Washington, Missouri.

1894 -- Journalist Dorothy Thompson, lives.

1917 -- Strike for Freedom?: Federal troops raid IWW hall in
Yakima, Washington.

1922 -- One of the most talented of the younger French West African
poets of the 1950s, David Diop, lives, Bordeaux, France.

1923 -- Russia: Mollie Steimer & photographer Senya Fleshin
deported; arrested November 1922 for propagating anarchism —
that is, "aiding criminal elements" (Mollie Steimer had earlier
been booted out of the US for such dastardly activities).

1933 -- Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat,
lives, in London.

1936 -- June Jordan, poet, lives, in Harlem. Author of the collections
Who Look at Me (1969), & Things that I Do in the Dark:
Selected Poetry

1936 -- US: Alexander Berkman Memorial Meeting sponsored by the
Jewish Anarchist Federation in NY City.

Speaking are Harry Kelly, Sam Weiner
(aka Sam Dolgoff), Julius Hochman, Philip Kapp,
Carlo Tresca, Arturo Giovannitti, Harry Weinberger,
Rose Pesotta, Abe Bluestein, & Mark Mratchny.

1942 -- Anne Frank, 13, goes into hiding with her family & four
other Jews in the Amsterdam warehouse behind her father's business.

1951 -- American "hard-boiled" novelist Dashiell Hammett
sentenced, choosing six months' imprisonment rather than
co-operate with the US House of Representatives Committee
on Un-American Activities' inquiries into domestic "subversion",
refusing to kow-tow to the anti-communist witchhunters.

President of the League of American Writers, 1942, &
Civil Rights Congress of New York, 1946-47.

1962 -- Bob Dylan records "Blowin in the Wind."

1962 -- Georges Bataille, French novelist, dies in Paris. His last,
posthumously published novel is Ma Mère (My Mother, 1966).

Radical French philosopher of the irrational,
Daily Bleed Saint, September 10.

BATAILLE, Georges, (1897-1962) French essayist
& novelist, who developed the theory of erotic excess.
Bataille studied with the anthropologist Marcel Mauss
before training as an archivist, & worked as a librarian
in Lyons & at the Bibiliotheque nationale in Paris.

Founded the literary review Critique in 1946.
Wrote The Accursed Share (1967)

1977 -- Elvis Costello quits his day job as a computer operator
at a cosmetic factory.

1980 -- Seventh Heaven?: Seven die in a stampede to see
the Pope in Brazil.

1986 -- Ed Meese's Commission on Pornography links
hard-core porn to sex crimes, & hard-pore corns to suicide.

2005 -- China: Daredevil skateboarder Danny Way jumps the Great Wall
of China; rolling down a massive ramp at nearly 50 mph, Way botched
the landing on his first attempt but then successfully completed the
jump across the 61-foot gap four times, adding 360 degree spins on
his last three tries.

2006 -- US: Michael Zinzun (1949-2006) dies. Anti-police brutality
activist of African-American & Apache descent.


In 1939 the skylark had nothing to say to me.

— John Hollander, "The Ninth of July"


— antiCopyRite 2010, & through tomorrow or thereabouts more or less
generally speaking

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