Sunday, October 17, 2010

Daily Bleed for Oct. 17th

she becomes what
they ask her they

put their
pens deep in

& she sucks
them dry

— Lyn Lifshin, "Madonna of the Interview"
Uzzano Number Four. Winter, 1977.

Daily Bleed in full,



Premier 19th-century revolutionary theorist, social critic.



Isle of Ely, England: ST. AUDREY'S (origin of
"Tawdry") FAIR.


1727 -- Political maverick John Wilkes
("Essay on Women") lives. Apocryphal interchange with
Lord Sandwich, when the latter sputters:

"Wilkes, you will die of a pox or on the gallows,"

to which he replies:

"That depends, my lord, on whether I embrace
your lordship's mistress or your lordship's

1760 -- Henri Saint Simon, French utopian theorist, lives.

1883 -- Anti-authoritarian educator A.S. Neill lives.
Establishes his school, Summerhill, with Lyme
Regis, in England.

1889 -- Chernyshevsky, Russian radical critic, dies.
He helped lay the basis for revolutionary
populism. Wrote What is to be Done?,
a political novel that influenced two generations of
Russian intelligentsia.

1892 -- David Edelstadt (1866-1892), American
Yiddish anarchist & poet, dies.

1903 -- Nathanael West lives, New York City.
American writer who satirized in his books the
American Dream, & who attracted attention after
World War II first in France.

With the rise of consumerism & commodity
fetishism the distinction between image & reality
is critically blurred. West was one of the first
writers to see this situation developing.
The Day of the Locust ...depicts the consequences
of the blurring of the line between substance
& image.

The wooden horse, Balso realized as he walked
on, was inhabited solely by writers in search of an
audience, & he was determined not to be tricked
into listening to another story. If one had to be
told, he would tell it.

— from The Dream Life of Balso Snell

1920 -- John Reed, American radical journalist, dies
in Moscow at age 32. Chronicled Mexican & Soviet
revolutions. Wrote Ten Days That Shook the World.

"The leaders die, but the cause lives on."

1930 --

This mining town I live in is a sad & lonely place
Where pity & starvation is pictured on every face!

Some coal operators might tell you the hungry blues are not there.
They're the worst kind of blues this poor woman ever had.

— Aunt Molly Jackson, mother, miner's wife,
songster, "Ragged Hungry Blues"

On the 17th morning in October my sister's little girl waked
me up early. She had 15 little ragged children & she was
taking them around to the soup kitchen ...

You could track them to the soup kitchen
by the blood.

After they had passed by I just set down to the table &
began to wonder what to try to do next. Then I began to
sing out my blues to express my feeling. This song comes
from the heart and not just from the point of a pen."

1930 -- Germany: Thomas Mann gives his speech
"An Appeal to Reason" — Nazis disrupt it.

1933 -- Albert Einstein arrives in the US, a refugee from
Nazi Germany.

"To the Village Square we must carry the facts
of Atomic Energy. From there must come
America's Voice."

— Albert Einstein

1936 -- Spain: In Perdiguera (Aragon), the International Group
of the Durruti Column, composed of 250 anarquistas, engage in a
battle against the fascists.

1938 -- Eat Your Heart Out, Foucault?: Deconstructionist
Daredevil Evel Knievel lives. Discovers the true
philosophical meaning & purpose of flying motorcycles.

1939 -- Warren Billings, labor activist, released from
Folsom Prison.

1943 -- France: André Respaut arrested & tortured before
being sent to Buchenwald, where he was known for his courage
& generosity — saving several deportees from death.

1949 -- Spain: Six antifascist guerrillas, militants of the CNT,
including José Sabater Llopart, are trapped & killed in Barcelona.

José teamed up with his brother "Quico," & the two became the
nightmare of the forces of repression in Catalonia.Their brother
Manuel joined an action group headed by Ramon Capdevila.

1950 -- "Salt of the Earth" strike begins in Silver City,
New Mexico; strikers' wives "man" & walk picket lines
for seven months during 14-month strike.

1954 -- Composer/anarchist John Cage's "34' 46.776"
premiers, Donaueschingen.

1957 -- French-Algerian author Albert Camus awarded
Nobel Prize for literature. Camus wrote for many years for
the anarchist & left wing press in France.

1960 -- Thierry Maricourt lives. Poet, novelist, anarchiste,
with numerous reference works to his credit.

1961 -- Paris police massacre over 200 Algerians
protesting against police oppression & the curfew
imposed against their community in Paris.

1966 -- "The Diggers," holds
its first free street feed in Frisco.

1979 -- S. J. Perelman dies in New York. American
humorist, master of wordplay. Brother-in-law of Nathanael
West (see 1903 above).

1985 -- Legendary jazz & blues singer Alberta Hunter
dies, NY City. Achieved fame in Chicago jazz clubs in
the 1920's, toured Europe in the 1930's &, after over
20 years anonymity as a nurse, returned to performing
in 1977.

2005 -- Ba Jin (formerly Pa Chin) dies.
Chinese novelist, discovered anarchism with the reading
of Kropotkin & Emma Goldman & created his pseudonym
Ba (from Bakunin ) & Jin (from Kropotkin). Cruelly
persecuted by the Chinese communists, a contender for
the 2001 Nobel Prize. In 1966 he was again in disgrace,
his writings condemned as seditious & he.branded as

"A great poisonous weed"


"We have oftener than
once endeavored to attach
some meaning to that
aphorism, vulgarly imputed
to Shaftesbury, which
however we can find
nowhere in his works, that
"ridicule is the test of

— Voltaire


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