Saturday, March 26, 2011

Daily Bleed for March 26th

We shall not cease from
exploration & the end of
all our exploring will be
to arrive where we
started... & know the place
for the first time.

— T.S. Eliot

Web Grubbers, in full,
some 66 entries with pictures in color...

Text excerpts:


Anarcho-adventure writer, revolutionary, true identity muddy,
most likely Ret Marut of Munich Soviet fame.





1827 - German classical composer Ludwig von Beethoven
begins de-composing.

1850 - Edward Bellamy, author of Looking Backwards, lives.

American utopianist, his tract Looking Backward prophesied
a socialist paradise in the year 2000. Bullseye!

1889 -- Russia: Jacques Doubinsky lives (1889-1959). As a young
labor radical he joined the Ukrainian peasant uprising in 1918,
fighting with the famed insurrectionary Makhnovist army.
Involved in many publishing enterprises & assisting Bulgarian refugees.

1890 - Raymond Callemin, member of the anarchist Bonnot
Gang, lives. Guillotined 1913.

1892 - Great American poet Walt Whitman mows no more,
age 72, Camden, New Jersey. Constantly revising &
augmenting his Leaves of Grass, he receives the final,
ninth, edition on his deathbed.

I saw you, Walt Whitman, childless, lonely old grubber,
poking among the meats in the refrigerator
& eyeing the grocery boys.

I heard you asking questions of each:
Who killed the pork chops?
What price bananas?...

1897 - Oscar Wilde's wife writes about her husband's
arrest & imprisonment:

"I think his fate is rather like Humpty
Dumpty's, quite as tragic & quite as impossible
to put right."

1910 - Making Amends? US Congress bars paupers, anarchists,
criminals, & the (other) diseased from the US; Immigration Act
of 1907 amended.

Martin Gudell's grandson sent this anecdote
to the Daily Bleed:

"After he fled France (during WWII) he came
to the U.S. since there was no place safe for him & his
wife in Europe. He did not have documentation that he was
born in the U.S. [apparently in Rochester, NY],
but he managed to convince the immigration officers that
he was a citizen by singing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
He told me he remembered learning the song in

Imagine a 30-something-year-old anarchist singing
"Twinkle Twinkle" to bureaucrats!

1916 - Birdman of Alcatraz receives solitary, for giving a
guard the bird.

1918 - US: Anarchist draft resister, Philip Grosser, reports
from Alcatraz Prison that he & other opponents of World
War I are being tortured.

Minneapolis is the scene of the first
so-called "Slacker Raid," a dragnet of
men without draft cards.

During WWI, the raids will seize more
than 40,000 non-registrants across
the country ( On July 15th, 1919, the
U.S. War Department announces it
has classified more than 337,000
American men as "draft dodgers.")

1923 - Bulgaria: In Yambol, during an anarchist protest
against the government decision to disarm the people, the
army shoots into the crowd, wounding the speaker Atanas
Stoitchev & massacre others. About 30 are murdered,
as are others tomorrow at the Yambol barracks.

1930 - American poet & leading member of the Beats, Gregory
Corso, lives. Convicted of theft at 17, he discovers literature
in prison & later meets Allen Ginsberg & publishes his first book,
The Vestal Lady on Brattle in 1955.

You too can support a prison literature program, nurture some
new reader or writer; AuntieDave's favorite is Books to Prisoners,
which he helped found in the late 1970s:

1959 - Raymond Chandler dies.

Master of hard-boiled school of crime fiction. His best
known character is the tough but honest private detective
Philip Marlowe (from the violent tempered 15th century
writer Christopher Marlowe). Wrote for "Black Mask",
which also published Dashiell Hammett.

Other American writers in Hollywood in the 1930s & 1940s:
William Faulkner, Ben Hecht, Nathanael West, James M.
Cain, John Fante, Daniel Fuchs, Horace McCoy, Clifford
Odets, Maxwell Anderson, Dorothy Parker, John Dos
Passos, Theodore Dreiser, Dashiell Hammett,
F. Scott Fitzgerald.

1967 - New York City Central Park Love-In, 10,000 show up.

1969 -- John & Yoko Ono-Lennon start seven day
bed-in against the Vietnam War.

wonsaponatime therewas two Ballons called Jock & Yono.
They were strictly love-bound to happen in a million years.
They werer together man. Unfortunatimetable they both
seemed to have previous experience-which kept calling them
one way oranother.(you know howitis). But they battled on
against overwhelming oddities, includo some of there beast
friends ...
Being in love they cloong even the more together man —
but some of the posionessmonster of outrated
buslodedshithrowers did stick slightly & occasionaly had to
resort to the drycleaners. Luckily this did not kill them & the
werent banned from the olympic games. They lived hopefully
ever after, & who could blame them.

1969 - Mexico: Anarchist novelist B. Traven dies. Wrote one
of the great travel ship novels, The Death Ship. Makes the
Titanic blush...

1996 -- Germany: During the Squatter's Movement, which
comes under heavy government attack for the next two years,
The Palisadenstrasse 49 is evicted.

2000 -- Alex Comfort dies. British physician, sexologist,
anarchist, poet, novelist, etc.

"You have only to speak for once —
they will melt like the dust:
you have only to spit in their faces — they will go
howling like devils to swindle somebody else..."

— Alex Comfort (1920-2000),
excerpt from "The Soldiers"

2005 -- Antonio Téllez (1921-2005) dies. Anarchist, guerrilla,
historian. Author of, among other works, Sabaté, guérilla urbaine
en Espagne 1945-1960
, (translated by Stuart Christie).


A Supermarket in California

What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I
walked down the side streets under the trees with a
headache self-conscious looking at the full moon.

In my hungry fatigue, & shopping for images, I went into
the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!

What peaches & what penumbras! Whole families shopping at
night! Aisles full of husbands! Wives in the avocados,
babies in the tomatoes!--& you, Garcia Lorca, what were you doing
down by the watermelons?

I saw you, Walt Whitman, childless, lonely old grubber,
poking among the meats in the refrigerator & eyeing the grocery

I heard you asking questions of each: Who killed the pork
chops? What price bananas?...

— Allen Ginsberg (excerpt)


— Auntie-Enumerations 1997-8311

"Free thought, necessarily involving freedom of speech &
press, I may tersely define thus: no opinion a law — no
opinion a crime."

—Alexander Berkman

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