Thursday, July 14, 2011

Daily Bleed Radical Literary History for July 14th

While off the Isle of Cyprus in a boat,
I saw the head of Aphrodite afloat,
& told her I’m an Anarchist & do not vote.
She answered, “That’s alright”.

I said, “0 figment of the classic mind,
There are some crucial concepts to which
you are blind!”
She only nodded so as not to be unkind,
& said, “Good night”.
“Oh, stay!” I cried, “There are so many things
We should discuss: The power of unnecessary kings,
The sexual oppression of which Sappho sings . . .”.
But she sank out of sight.

— Judith Malina, LOVE & POLITICS


"This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land."


Alternate Saint: B

uenaventura Durruti
Anarcho-communist militant, Spanish Revolution martyr.

BASTILLE DAY: Tremendous festivity throughout France. Paris dances all night along the Seine & in the streets

DADA DAY. First Dada soirée: "... in the presence of a compact crowd Tzara demonstrates, we demand we demand we demand the right to piss in different colours."

PANDEMONIUM DAY. Sounds like most every other day of the week.

HUNGRY GHOST FESTIVAL: On this day, Buddhists feed the spirits of those who lived lives of hard-hearted greed & envy. They burn fake money & clothes for the use of the spirits.

160 -- Founding of the kingdom of Copan (Mayan Indians), which lasted for over 1,000 years.

1093 -- Death of St. Ulric of Zell.

1454 -- Angelo Poliziano Politian, lives, Montepulciano, Tuscany. Italian poet & humanist, friend & protégé of Lorenzo de' Medici, & a foremost classical scholar of the Renaissance.

1642 -- The first native white American poet, Benjamin Thompson ("New England Crisis"), lives, Quincy, Massachusetts.

1764 -- France: Jean-François Varlet lives, Paris. Revolutionary considered by many an anarchist precursor, involved withEnragés / Conspiracy of Equals. Held views close to Jacques Roux (author of "Manifeste des Enragés"), & denounced the dictatorship of Robespierre during the French Revolution, as well as the middle-class reactionary government which follows. Varlet is author of one of the first anarchist proclamations, "l'Explosion."

"Quelle monstruosité sociale, quel chef d'oeuvre de machiavélisme en effet que ce gouvernement révolutionnaire. Pour tout être qui raisonne, gouvernement et révolution sont incompatibles..."

1789 -- France: Storming of the Bastille heralds the French Revolution. Begun by Parisian crowds seeking arms & the liberation of political prisoners. Signals a new period in history with the taking of power by the nascent capitalist class, the French bourgeoisie.

The people of Paris storm the prison of the Bastille, symbol of tyranny, feudal authority & the "divine" rights of kings. The revolution creates a formidable enthusiasm not only among the French working classes but also around the world. Unfortunately the middle-classes gain control, its power displayed in the basket of the guillotine & the totalitarian temptation, leading to reaction, Empire & various wars of conquest.

See Peter Kropotkin's The Great French Revolution, 1789-1793.

1798 -- US: Federalist-sponsored Sedition Act made it a crime to write, utter or publish "any false, scandalous, & malicious" statements about the government, Congress, or the President. Leading Republicans throughout the country were promptly arrested.

Luddite logo
1811 -- England: Luddites break machines at Sunnon-in-Ashuano.

Chumbawamba Luddite

Luddites! No Gears"Life was better before sliced bread"

Dancing on a Bakery Car

See the Antiauthoritarian Encyclopedia

1828 -- US: Lower Umpqua Indians attack 17-man party under Jedediah Smith seeking road from California to Oregon; 13 killed.

1841 -- Punch is founded. The illustrated periodical publishes until 1992. Early staff members include the authors William Makepeace Thackeray, & Thomas Hood & the illustrator-cartoonists John Leech & Sir John Tenniel.

1860 -- Owen Wister (The Virginian) lives, Philadelphia.

"When you call me that, smile!"

American writer whose Western stories helped to establish the cowboy as an archetypical folk hero.

1864 -- France: Pierre Quillard lives. He & Jean Grave sponsored the Parisian anarchist "Ecole Libertaire," established at l'hôtel des Sociétés Savantes in 1899.

1865 -- First ascent of the Matterhorn.

1868 -- US: Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, CT, patents the tape measure. Alvin's measurements: 40-46-42.
Inspires tape worms on the internet.

1877 -- US: During the Great Upheaval of 1877, four years into a depression, a General Strike halts the movement of US railroads.

In the following days, strikes spread across the United States. Clashes with police, militia & Federal troops result in riots. Next week federal troops are called out to force an end to the nationwide strike.

At the "Battle of the Viaduct" in Chicago, federal troops (recently returned from an Indian massacre) kill 30 workers & wound over 100. (see 27 July).

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1881 -- US: Billy "The Kid" Bonney shot & killed by Pat Garrett.

while i've been going on
the blood from my wrist
has travelled to my heart
& my fingers touch
this soft blue paper notebook
control a pencil that shifts up & sideways
mapping my thinking going its own way

The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

1881 -- England: Today until the 20th, in London, an anarchist Congress of about 30 delegates representing a dozen country meet with an aim of rebuilding the anti-authoritarian A.I.T. (International Workingman's Association). They adopt "propaganda of the deed," signalling an era of "attentats."

The records of this congress show that Peter Kropotkin played an important role in its leadership, indicating he is beginning to gain acceptance in revolutionary circles outside the Jura Federation. At this congress Peter also clarifies his views on violence as a means of encouraging revolution. Although he still has problems justifying all types of violence, he states that an explosion is far more effective than a vote. However, it should be the terrorist act of the people rather than an individual.

1887 -- Italy: La legge rafforza il potere dei prefetti come organi del governo per il controllo e la repressione dei cittadini. (1887-1900 Autoritarismo statale e avventurismo coloniale : trasformisti e reazionari al potere).
[Source: Crimini e Misfatti]

1888 -- Satomi Ton lives, Yokohama (original name Yamanouchi Hideo). Japanese moralistic-idealistic writer, famed for his autobiographical novels. His older brother Takeo Arishima, also a writer, committed suicide in 1923.

1889 --
France: In Paris, two congresses are held: the founding of the Socialist International & the congress of the "Possibilistes" (partisans of Paul Brousse). The anarchists attend both congresses.

July 14 & 15, 1889

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a Durruti group gathered on hill top
1896 -- Spain: Legendary Spanish anarquista Buenaventura Durruti lives.


W"We have always lived in slums & holes in the wall...

We are not in the least afraid of ruins...The bourgeoisie might blast & ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history.

We carry a new world here, in our hearts. That world is growing this minute."

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1903 -- Novelist Irving Stone lusts for life, San Francisco. Wrote a novelization of Jack London's life, A Sailor on Horseback.

1904 -- Isaac Bashevis Singer lives (1904-1991), Radzymin, Poland. Wrote Enemies, A Love Story (filmed by Paul Mazursky, starring Anjelica Huston); A Crown of Feathers. Wins Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978.

"Children don't read to find their identity. They don't read to free themselves of guilt, to quench the thirst for rebellion, or to get rid of alienation. They have no use for psychology. They detest sociology. They still believe in good, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation & other such obsolete stuff."

1904 -- Kenneth B. Clarke lives, Canal Zone, Panama. Noted psychologist whose pioneering research on the psychological damage to African-American children caused by segregation is part of the basis for the Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision of the US Supreme Court.

Woody's guitar kills fascists
1912 -- US: Woody Guthrie, peoples' songwriter, lives, Oklahoma. Besides writing "This Land Is Your Land," "Bound for Glory," "Union Maid" & other American classics, Woody crisscrossed the nation, living & singing among the dispossessed. Over the course of his life, he composed over a thousand ballads & celebrated, in his songs & in his prose, the indomitable human spirit.

Bound for Glory book cover"I hate a song that makes you think you're not any good. I hate a song that makes you think you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are either too old or too young or too fat or too slim or too ugly or too this or too that...Songs that run you down or songs that poke fun of you on account of your bad luck or your hard traveling. I am out to fight these kinds of songs to my very last breath of air & my last drop of blood. "

Bottle Rocket Kings
1914 -- US: Robert H. Goddard patents liquid rocket fuel.

1916 -- Tristan Tzara delivers the first Manifesto of Dada in Zürich.

"At a surrealist rally in the 1920s Tristan Tzara the man from nowhere proposed to create a poem on the spot by pulling words out of a hat. A riot ensued wrecked the theater. André Breton expelled Tristan Tzara from the movement & grounded the cut- ups on the Freudian couch.

In the summer of 1959 Brion Gysin painter & writer cut newspaper articles into sections & rearranged the sections at random. "Minutes to Go" resulted from this initial cut-up experiment. "Minutes to Go" contains unedited unchanged cut-ups emerging as quite coherent & meaningful prose.

The cut-up method brings to writers the collage, which has been used by painters for fifty years. & used by the moving & still camera. In fact all street shots from movie or still cameras are by the unpredictable factors of passersby & juxtaposition cut-ups. & photographers will tell you that often their best shots are accidents . . . writers will tell you the same.

William S. Burroughs, THE CUT-UP METHOD OF BRION GYSIN, from The Third Mind

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1916 -- EG, anarchist feministUS: Federal authorities, mid-July, demand removal of the office of the anarchist journal "Mother Earth" from its location at 20 East 125th Street; M. Eleanor Fitzgerald relocates office to 226 Lafayette Street.

1918 -- Ingmar Bergman lives, Uppsala (Uppsala är bäst!). Swedish movie/theatre director, playwright, screenwriter. Son to a priest.

Widely known as a film director, he is also a major figure of the modern Swedish theatre. For a very complete site for Ingmar Bergman see: Text in Swedish & Canadian(!).

1918 -- Librettist Arthur Laurents lives, Brooklyn He wrote the books for West Side Story (1957), & Gypsy (1959).

Sacco & Vanzetti death warrant illustration
1921 -- US: Sacco & Vanzetti case goes to the jury. At 7:30 in the evening the jury returns its verdict: both are both found guilty of murder in the first degree. Their long years of appeals & massive protests world-wide, begins.

The emotional & highly publicized case of Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti became a touchstone & rallying cry for American radicals.

The two were accused of murder & although the evidence against them was flimsy, they were readily convicted, in large part because they were immigrants & anarchists. They were executed, despite international protests, on August 23, 1927.

Sacco & Vanzetti supporters protesting

Further details/ context, click here; anarchismo, anarchici, anarchico, anarquista, anarchisme, Libertaria [ Details + audio interview with Aldino Felicani ]

Man Ray photo
1921 -- France: Man Ray, artist, anarchist & photographer, arrives in Paris where Marcel Duchamp introduces him to Dadaists.

1921 -- US: Senate Committee on Education & Labor begins a three-month investigation of the crises in West Virginia's coal mining industry. Home of massive miners' strikes & much company & government induced violence, including at Matewan, & three separate declarations of martial law. Mother Jones often visited the area in support of the striking mine workers.

1923 -- US: In New York the American Federation of Labor (A. F. of L.) is restrained from ever interfering with the country’s railroads by calling railroad employees out on strike.

1926 -- Actor Harry Dean Stanton lives.

1927 -- Peggy Parish, author of over a dozen books about the zany Amelia Bedelia, lives, South Carolina. Her stories' humor result from Amelia's actions as a maid, interpreting every direction in literal fashion, baking sponges into "sponge cake" & scattering dust when she "dusts a room." After Parish's death in 1988, her nephew, Herman Parish, continues the books.

1932 -- International Peace Garden established on U.S./Canadian border at Pembina, North Dakota.

1933 -- Author Raymond Roussel suicides himself. (France?)

1935 -- England: 7,000 "Peace Pledgers" rally in Albert Hall, London.

1935 -- US: Black Americans in Harlem, NY, begin demonstrations in support of Ethiopian struggle against Italian fascism. Organization of volunteer brigades begins.

Poet Langston Hughes, observing the invasion of Ethiopia by Mussolini, wrote simply:

The little fox is still.
The dogs of war have made their kill.

1935 -- France: "During the summer of 1934, the anarchists were involved in the setting-up of a Centre de liaison et de coordination des forces antifascistes de la région parisienne — a non-communist rival, more or less, to the communist-dominated Comité Amsterdam-Pleyel. Some felt a ‘profound distaste at having to associate with certain elements’.

Nonetheless, they decided that, as Sébastien Faure put it, ‘for the time being, the most important thing is to halt the progress of fascism’ & agreed to take part in the demonstration of 14 July 1935.

As the prefect of police refused to allow the anarchist black flag on the demonstration, they took part with their respective trade unions rather than as a separate anarchist contingent."

— David Berry, ‘Fascism or Revolution !’ Anarchism & Antifascism in France, 1933-39

1937 -- EG, anarchist feministEmma Goldman, on or about this day, writes the introduction to a new commemorative edition ofAlexander Berkman's ABC of Anarchism to be published by the "Freie Arbeiter Stimme". Emma also views"Fury Over Spain," a film by American Louis Frank; considers organizing a public showing of the film to raise funds for Mujeres Libres.

1937 -- Spain: Because of high casualties while fighting the fascists the Lincoln & Washington Battalions merge into one battalion.

1938 -- Italy: Il Manifesto degli scienziati razzisti viene pubblicato anonimo sul Giornale d'Italia. E' opera di un gruppo di docenti universitari che si faranno avanti il 25 Luglio dopo aver ottenuto l'approvazione del regime.
[Source: Crimini e Misfatti]

anarchist Black Cat on open book
1942 -- France: Sébastien Faure (1858-1942) dies.

Sebastien Faure, anarchiste

Studied to be a Jesuit priest; was a candidate for the Marxist Workers Party, but under the influence of Peter Kropotkin, Élisée Reclus, & Joseph Tortelier he moved towards anarchism. Closely associated with Louise Michel, he became a major figure in his own right, & one of the best-known anarchists in the country.

Faure wrote for numerous papers & journals, & along with books he wrote, he initiated the important four volume l'Encyclopédie Anarchiste.


Further details/ context, click here; anarchiste, anarchie, anarchisme, Libertaria[Details / context]

See also our modest online effort, the Anti-authoritarian Encyclopedia.

1948 -- "The New Yorker" publishes J. D. Salinger's intriguing short story of infidelity & self-deception, "Pretty Mouth & Green My Eyes."

1950 -- US: Indian Claims Commission upholds Indian claim for the first time in its history, awarding $3.5 million to the Choctaw & Chickasaw for lands illegally taken at the end of the Civil War.

1960 -- Guatemala: Fire raging through a Guatemala City insane asylum kills 225, severely injuring 300.

1960 -- During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac travels by train to San Francisco en route to Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Bixby Canyon cabin. July-August, at the cabin, Kerouac reviews galley's of Book of Dreams; reads Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde; has a reunion with Neal & Carolyn Cassady at their Los Gatos home; starts a week-long romance with Jackie Gibson in Frisco. He'/ll have a breakdown at the cabin in September.

1961 -- A report from Billboard says "The Twist" teenage dance craze is being picked up by the adult crowd in Philadelphia.

1967 -- The Who tour America for the first time — as the opening act for Herman's Hermits. Who?

1967 -- Steve Miller Blues Band & the Sunshine Company concert at California Hall in San Francisco.

1968 -- Bill Graham leaves the Fillmore Auditorium in Frisco to take over the Carousel Ballroom. Electric Flag & Blue Cheer closed out performances at the Fillmore at Geary & Fillmore streets.

1968 -- Soviet fiction writer Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky dies in Moscow. His books reveal a lyrical interest in nature & an intense curiosity about people. They are noted for craftsmanship, & include Rasskaz zhizni(The Story of a Life, 1946-62), an autobiographical cycle of reminiscences published in six volumes.

1969 -- Soccer Blue!? The "Futbol War" erupts between El Salvador & Honduras, the former invades the latter. We don't know the final score.

1969 -- US: Berkeley; park activists storm People's Park.

4 A.M.?

— Diane di Prima, Revolutionary Letter #38's_Park,_Berkeley

1969 -- Bob Dylan makes a guest appearance as "Elmer Johnson" at a concert by The Band at the Mississippi River Festival in Edwardsville, Illinois.

1972 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Vietnam: Jane Fonda makes first of 10 broadcasts to US troops over Radio Hanoi.

1975 -- Jehan Mayoux dies. Teacher, pacifist, antimilitarist, anarchist.
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1978 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Poet Allen Ginsberg completes "Plutonian Ode" & blocks trainload of fissile material headed for Rockwell's nuclear bomb trigger factory, Colorado.

1979 -- Switzerland: Claude Le Maguet (aka Jean Salivas) (1887-1979) dies, in Geneva. French poet, anarchiste, & miltant pacifist.

1979 -- Source=Robert Braunwart A free Jean-Michel Jarre concert attracts 1 million, Paris, France.

Button: Jap Hunting License
1981 -- US: The Commission on Wartime Relocation & Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) holds a public hearing in Washington, D.C. as part of its investigation into the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
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1982 -- US: Maryland Poison Control Center reports 79 people have mistaken their free mailbox samples of the lemon-scented dishwashing liquid Sunlight for lemon juice. Says a Lever Brothers spokesman, "Any kind of cleaning product we introduce has a certain amount of ingestion."

1983 -- US: 3 Pages & You're Out? Cupla political Loose Leaves, Crane (Rep-R-Il) & Studds (Rep-D-Ma), admit to having sex with pages. Book'em?

Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow. The education of our youth about politics is critical to a healthy democracy.

— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader William J. Bennett, Distinguished (sic) Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a rightwing nuthouse influential in formulating American policy (many criminal) under the Nixon, Reagan, Bush & Shrub administrations

1983 -- US: Earth First! & the Oregon Natural Resources Council granted preliminary injunction against building of the Bald Mountain Road, after over 40 arrests.

1983 -- French freeze movement launched in meetings at Larzac.

1986 -- Jorge Luis Borges dies in Geneva. Argentine poet, essayist, short-story writer whose works have become classics of 20th-century world literature.

"How easy it would be not to think of a tiger!"

Oliver & Hardy
1987 -- US: Ollie North concludes six days of Congressional testimony. At the mention of Nuremberg, he cracks (a smirk).

Ye church & ye state doth fornicate, Josephus Soapus
1991 -- England: Nicolas Walter delivers a talk on "Anarchism & Religion" at the South Place Ethical Society:

"We may yet end with Neither God nor Master!"

Leo Ferre, anarchiste singer
1993 -- France: Léo Ferré, legendary songster (1916-1993), sings no more.

1995 -- anarchiste diamond dingbat; anarquistaMP3 digital file format introduced. Inspires MTV, M13 machine, M3 (Great globular cluster Messier Object 3), Boston street gang M-13, BMW M3.

1997 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Spain: 1 million marchers protest ETA terrorism, Madrid.

1997 -- Source=Robert Braunwart A free Jean-Michel Jarre concert attracts 2 million, Paris, France.

1998 -- Australia: 118 people arrested at the site of the Jabiluka uranium mine in World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, land of the Mirrar aboriginal people, in tropical Northern Territory.

1998 -- US: Free radio supporters rally in Eugene & Portland, Oregon & San Francisco, California, condemning the FCC/NAB/OAB media monopoly.

1998 -- US: 28 FNB ( Food Not Bombs ) & homeless activists arrested in San Francisco's United Nations Plaza during a non-violent, direct-action demonstration seeking to reclaim public space & parks which are increasingly being made inaccessible to homeless people.

1998 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Crown Books files for bankruptcy.

Miriam Patchen
2000 -- England: A 3-hour Tribute to Kenneth & Miriam Patchen is held at the Tate Modern, London, 'For Kenneth & Miriam: A Poet & His Muse'.

Miriam Patchen 86, a longtime Palo Alto resident & peace activist, died March 6th, peacefully, at her home in Palo Alto, California. Her life was dedicated to peace & justice & to the writing & art of her husband, fellow anarchist & poet, Kenneth Patchen.

"I am the world crier, & this is my dangerous career . . .
I am the one to call your bluff,
& this is my climate."

— Kenneth Patchen

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Miriam Is Not Amused, A Film By Kim Roberts - 23 min. - 16 mm.

Witty, wry & lyrical, Miriam Is Not Amused is a multilayered portrait of Miriam Patchen (1914 - March 2000) — activist, widow, & muse of famed poet Kenneth Patchen. The film combines rare archival footage with intimate observations of Miriam now.

From her non-traditional upbringing in the 20's & 30's, through the years spent in the shadow of her celebrated husband, to her current reinvention as a political provocateur, Miriam reveals the choices & the compromises of her extraordinary life. With a sharp tongue & quick wit, Miriam turns the tables on filmmaker & audience by challenging her own relevance as a documentary subject, & legendary artistic muse.

Born Sirkka Miriam Oikemus in Belmont, Mass. to Finnish socialist parents, she was politically active all her life. She claimed to have been the "youngest card-carrying member of the American Communist Party," having joined at the age of 7.

Thou art clothed in robes of music.
Thy voice awakens wings....
What does not perish
Lives in Thee.

Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972)

Patchen has been admired by generations of writers, poets, artists & musicians including e e cummings, William Carlos Williams, T. S. Eliot & W. H. Auden, as well as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Adrian Mitchell, David Bedford, John Cage & Tony Cragg.

Henry Miller wrote of him:

"Kenneth Patchen is now & will remain one of the outstanding figures in American letters. He represents all that a poet should represent...No one can read him without being affected — & influenced in his own life & work."

Austrian Anarchist Summer Camp, animated
2006 -- Austria: Anarchist Summer Camp, July 14-23. Buncha Half-Naked Savages, Atheistic Snowballs in Heaven.

Maquis poster
2006 -- Maquis remembered, memory reconquered, July 14-16.

'Forgotten Heroes: Spanish Resistance in France 1939-45'

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Woody Guthrie

This song is almost always sung as a patriotic song, which is why the last three stanzas are usually deleted.

Most schoolchildren aren't even aware of their existence. Yet they are essential to Woody's meaning. This is not an ode to the US as a collective entity. It is an affirmation that the land is a sacred trust, whose purpose is the well-being of all its inhabitants.

(see the Sanibel chorus in 'Show details'.)

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