Monday, August 08, 2011

Daily Bleed Radical Literary History for August 8th

anarchist Emiliano Zapata

"Tierra y Libertad!"
Hero of two Mexican Revolutions.

Ancient Romans celebrate the Eve of the FESTIVAL OF VENUS. The goddess of love & beauty is honored & invoked with prayers, love songs, libations, & passionate night-time lovemaking.

Scotland: BURRYMAN FESTIVAL. A man in tight-knit suit & mask is covered from head to toe with burrs & strolls the streets of Linlithgow, collecting tribute from housewives. No one knows why.


449 -- The Council of Ephesus upholds the Monophysite view.

1296 -- The Stone of Scone stolen by Edward I, King of England. The stolen stone scone supplicated simmering scorn, so said some Scots.

1449 -- Portuguese slaver Henry the Navigator unloads six ships of human cargo (slaves) from Africa...the "salvation" of those souls. (or 1444?)

1648 -- Ibrahim "the Mad," Ottoman Sultan, deposed & killed.

1809 -- Ueda Akinari, dies in Kyoto. Writer & poet best known for tales of the supernatural.

1835 -- Between 10 & 20 people killed in a clash between a Citizen's Militia & rioters protesting the collapse of the Bank of Maryland.

Vera Zazoulitch, anarchist
1849 -- Vera Zasulich lives (1849 [new style]-1919). Russian anarchist, then a Menshevik. Left a family of nobility for revolutionary activities.
Further details/ context, click here; anarchiste, Anarþist, ANARÞÝZM, Anarþizmin, anarþizme, Anarþist, Anarchisten[Details / context]

"As to Vera Zassoulitch, who also was acquitted by the jury, the Government ordered her re-arrest at the very doors of the court, & re-arrested she would have been if her comrades had not rescued her, leaving one dead in the riot which ensued."

Peter Kropotkin, In Russian & French Prisons, chapter two

1851 -- Calvin Page of Boston, Massachusetts is returned his two daughters, who had been held hostage by the Pai Ute Indians in the Dakotas for 12 years.

1865 -- Matthew A. Henson lives, Charles City, Maryland. African American explorer & first man to reach the North Pole.

1870 -- France: Marseille, face à la situation désastreuse du pays, un mouvement insurrectionnel, avec à sa tête le radical Gaston Crémieux, tente en vain de proclamer la République et d'instaurer une Commune révolutionnaire. Mais le mouvement est rapidement maté et Crémieux est arrêté le lendemain et déféré devant un conseil de guerre. Il faudra attendre le 23 mars 1871 pour qu'une véritable Commune révolutionaire soit effective.

1875 -- Valdemar Amundsens, pacifist theologian, lives, Denmark.

1876 -- Edison gets patent for mimeograph. The patent was contested, others claimed old Tom had mimicked them.

anarchist Emiliano Zapata
1879 -- México: Revolutionary hero, anarquista Emiliano Zapata lives!

"That Zapata appeared here in the mountains.

He wasn't born, they say. He just appeared just like that.

They say he is Ik'al & Votan who came all the way over here in their long journey, & so as not to frighten good people, they became one. Because after being together for so long Ik'al & Votan learned they were the same & could become Zapata. & Zapata said he had finally learned where the long road went & that at times it would be light & at times darkness but that it was the same, Votan Zapata, & Ik'al Zapata, the black Zapata & the white Zapata.

They were both the same road for the true men & women."

"Zapata will continue to live as long as people believe that they have a right to their land & a right to govern themselves according to their deeply held beliefs & cultural values."

1884 -- Sara Teasdale, poet, lives, St. Louis, Missouri. Wrote Love Songs. Alternately promotes, then discourages, Vachel Lindsay's prolonged courtship before abruptly marrying a businessman.

1886 -- France: Emile Aubin (aka Marat) lives, Paris (birth date March 8 according to the police). Sailor, electrician, militant anarchiste, songster & antimilitarist.

As a sailor aboard the battleship "Vérité," in 1908 Aubin's belongings were searched, exposing him as the author of revolutionary songs under pseudonym of "Marat." He was arrested & sent to a disciplinary battalion until 1910.

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

Viva Zapata!
1893 -- Emiliano Zapata's 13th birthday.

Zapata book cover

Of the group that joined Zapata, best-known was Antonio Diaz Soto y Gama. A fiery orator, he was strongly influenced by anarchist Peter Kropotkin's creed of the good peasant. At the 1914 constitutional convention Soto y Gama had refused to write his name on a Mexican flag designed for the event, branding the flag a "symbol of clerical reaction."

Others who rallied to Zapata were Rafael Perez Taylor, Miguel Mendoza Schwerdtfeger & Octave Jahn. Perez Taylor & Mendoza Schwerdtfeger were vaguely Marxist while the French-born Jahn was a syndicalist who had reportedly fought in the Paris Commune.

1896 -- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lives, Washington, D. C. Her novel The Yearling wins Pulitzer Prize in 1938.

1897 -- EG, anarchist feministAnarchist Michele Angiolillo assassinates Antonio Cánovas del Castillo, premier of Spain, who in May had ordered the execution of five anarchists held responsible for a bombing in Barcelona the year before. Quickly tried & executed on the 20th.

The torture & inhumane treatment of several hundred others imprisoned in connection with the bombing were widely protested throughout Europe. In NY, Emma Goldman & others — including Italian & Spanish anarchists, & Harry Kelly, John Edelmann, Justus Schwab, & Edward Brady — had organized a demonstration in front of the Spanish consulate.

Further details/ context, click here; anarchica, anarchici, Libertaria, anarchiste, Anarquismo, Anarquista, Anarchisten, anarkismo[Details / context]

1901 -- Author Nina Berberova lives.

1903 -- US: Cripple Creek, Colorado miners' strike begins.

1903 -- US: A walkway at the top of the stands of the Baker Bowl collapses during a Phillies/Braves baseball doubleheader when fans rush up to watch a brawl on the street below; 12 die, Philadelphia, (City of "Brotherly Love").

1907 -- Saxophonist Benny Carter lives, NY City. Formed his own big band in 1940. Carter played, conducted, did arrangements for Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, & others.

Kamov book cover
1910 -- Janko Polic Kamov, Croatian futurist author, dies in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain at the Santa Cruz hospital probably from the plague, as a bohemian & a beggar. Kamov was one of the most controversial writers of his time & one of the most mysterious of Croatian literature.

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1912 -- Ross Winn, Texass-born anarchist, dies.

Winn revived the Alarm, founded by Albert Parsons & later published by Dyer D. Lum, after the judicial murders of the Haymarket Anarchists.

He also published a little paper called "The Co-operative Commonwealth"; then in 1898, "The Coming Era"; in 1899, "Winn's Freelance". In 1901 he founded, "Winn's Firebrand", subsequently called "The Advance", & later the "Red Phalanx".

Winn was preparing copy on the very last day before his death, for the August issue of his paper.

1915 -- Agnar Mykle lives. Norwegian writer, journalist, radio reporter.

Best known for the sexually naturalistic novel The Song of the Red Ruby (1956), which was banned in many countries. Mykle was brought to trial after its publication, but charges were dropped.

Other writers banned because of sexual explicitness: Henry Miller, D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, Jean Genet.

1918 -- England: War refuser Grover Bergdoll fails to report to his local draft board. Living under assumed names, he is not caught until January 1920 when he is given a five-year jail sentence. In transport to prison, he convinces his escorts to take a detour to dig up a supposed cache of buried treasure, in the course of which he escapes & effects a permanent disappearance.

The information you have on my uncle Grover is incorrect.

There is a hint of truth to your story. If you would like I could give you the factual story. He didn't effect a permanent disappearance. He came back from Germany around the time when Hitler was really getting on a roll & Congress was trying to strip him (Grover) of his citizenship to the United States. He served his time in jail.

This not only a fact of the print media cause he used to visit my father on our farm in the 1960's.

— Louis E. Bergdoll, 7 Mar 2002

Source: 'Calendar Riots'

1918 -- France: Michel Zevaco (1860-1918) dies, Eaubonne (Seine-et-Oise). Novelist, professor, film director, anticleric, publisher. Zevaco wrote many historical swashbuckling novels which are still being printed & made into films. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre called him a great writer who influenced him greatly.
anarchist diamond; anarquista

Michel Zevaco founded the anarchist weekly magazine "Gueux." He also wrote for Sébastien Faure's journal, "Libertaire," & the anarchist paper "La Renaissance," edited "l'Anticlérical," & in 1900 Zevaco's famous cloak & dagger novels Les Pardaillanof, began to be serialized in the daily newspapers to great popular acclaim.

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American invaders in Russia
1920 -- Workers throughout Britain stage demonstrations against planned intervention in Russia; trade union leaders threaten a General Strike.

James Jones, American author, was a member of the 27th Infantry during WWII, providing background for his novels, From Here To Eternity, The Thin Red Line, & Whistle.

Allied invasion & intervention was continuous from 1918-20.

The US 27th Regiment was part of the Allied force in Siberia. The US 31st Infantry Regiment (the Polar Bears) as well as British, Canadian, Czech, Chinese, Italian, French & Japanese troops also participated.

Accompanied White Russian & Japanese forces in pursuit of the Bolsheviks or "Reds."

As a result of their actions in Siberia & earlier exploits in the Philippines, the Wolfhound legend was born; from this time forth, the Regiment & its Battalions would be known as the Wolfhounds.

The Wolfhounds were part of the slaughter of women & children at Lake Lano, suppressing revolts in Cuba, & was posted to Texas City when the US broke with Pancho Villa.

During the Vietnam War, the Wolfhounds were involved in the last major offensive, invading Cambodia under clearly cooked up pretenses.

For a glossy spin, see:

1922 -- Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, part of the great exodus of blacks from the southern to the northern U.S., leaves New Orleans to play jazz in Chicago with mentor King Oliver.

1925 -- US: Huge KKK rally held in Washington DC.

Lizzie Holmes, American anarchist; source
1926 -- US: Sarah Elizabeth (Lizzie) Holmes (1850-1926) dies, Santa Fe, New Mexico. American anarchist, feminist, & journalist. She & her husband William H. Holmes joined with Albert & Lucy Parsons in publishing "The Alarm", inciting women in the labor movement & agitating for the 8-hour work day. A contributor to Benjamin Tucker's periodical "Liberty," she also translated & published Sophie Kropotkin, Michael Bakunin, etc.

1927 -- France: Générale à l’appel de la C.G.T.U. pour protester contre la menace d’exécution de Sacco et Vanzetti.

1930 -- US: Mariner baseball fans take note: St. Louis Cards are 12 games back in NL & go on to win the pennant.

1930 -- Edmund Wilson advises F. Scott Fitzgerald that "hard as America can be to live in" it is a mistake for American writers to live abroad.

1936 -- Spain: France closes its border with Spain; unofficial "Non-Intervention" policy begins during the fascist uprising there. On the 14th the fascists take Badajoz; over 4,000 are massacred in the next 10 days.

Marion Zioncheck
1936 -- Congressman Marion Zioncheck commits suicide, Seattle, Washington. Made headlines mostly for extracurricular antics (driving on the White House lawn) & drunken escapades (including one late-night frolic in a Washington, D.C. fountain). Zioncheck wrote a farewell note declaring "My only hope in life was to improve the conditions of an unfair economic system." He then leapt from his 5th floor office, his body striking the pavement directly in front of a car occupied by his wife.

Inspires Zioncheck for President: A True Story of Idealism & Madness in American Politics by Phillip Campbell , (& campaign manager for Punk rocker, political activist, & part-time poet Grant Cogswell bid for City Council).

1937 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministFrance: In Paris, Emma Goldman is troubled by the violent opposition among her closest anarchist comrades to the CNT-FAI's unwillingness to confront the Communists' assault on its opponents on the Left & its undermining of the revolution. She obtains Spanish & French visas that will enable her to travel to Spain after all.

1942 -- India: Indian National Congress passes "Quit India" resolution, leading to mass arrests by British rulers.

1942 -- US: 6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in US are executed, Washington DC.

1946 -- Master Ioseph of Locksley, outlaw historian, Bard, Grump, Collector of Dates, lives.

1947 -- US: Over objections of Tlingit Indians, the government agrees to timber sale from Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska. The Tongass, once a pristine wilderness, is now one of the most denuded regions on the north Pacific coast.

1950 -- US: American Women for Peace demonstrate in Washington, D.C. for a ban on nuclear weapons.

1953 -- Russia: Announces it has developed a hydrogen bomb.

1957 -- American Bandstand with Dick Clark (27) starts on national television.

Dear Auntie Dave,

I read in the paper today that on this day in 1957 "American Bandstand" with Dick Clark first went on the air.

Isn't it true that there have actually been four "Dick Clarks," sort of like there have been five or six "Lassies"?

— Bleedster Flames, August 5, 1999

1960 -- Billboard reports Decca Records dumped 25,000 copies of Ray Peterson's "Tell Laura I Lover Her." They felt the song, which recounts the last thoughts of a teenager dying from a car accident, is too tasteless & vulgar for the English sensibility.

1961 -- During this month "Confidential" magazine publishes a ghost-written story by Joan Haverty called "My Ex-Husband Jack Kerouac Is An Ingrate."; meanwhile, Beatster Jack Kerouac returns to Orlando from México City.

1961 -- US: A real Ville-an? Ed Sanders, Fug & poet, editor of of the magazine "Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts", spends a few days (until the 24th) in the Montville State jail in Uncasville, Connecticut, writing POEM FROM JAIL.

And we have
demanded that
they ban the bomb,
mouth of death
convulsing upon the earth,
and the bomb gores
the guts of earth
like a split-nail
in a foot fetish....

— Ed Sanders,
Poem From Jail
(City Lights Books, 1963)

1963 -- Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie," radio stations label it obscene.

1963 -- England: Great Train Robbery in nets œ2.6 million ($7.3 million).

Greatest train robbery ever. In a grand scheme timed to the second, 12 masked Englishmen converge near Cheddington in two Land Rovers, a 3-ton army truck, two Jaguars, & a motorcycle.

They quickly switched the railroad signals &, like clockwork, the Glasgow-to-London mail train ground to a halt before them. In less than 45 minutes they fled with $7,368,715 in cash. In spite of their well-laid plans, the thieves blew the otherwise perfect crime, failing to wipe off their fingerprints at a nearby drop house.

They are now serving an aggregate sentence of about 300 years. Less than $1 million of the haul has thus far been recovered.

1968 -- US: Nixon's the One. At the same time, not far away in the black neighborhoods of Miami, riots result in four deaths & hundreds of arrests. At their Party convention in Miami Beach the Republicans nominate Richard Milhouse Nixon as their presidential candidate. Tomorrow Nixon appoints Spiro Agnew of Maryland as his running mate (a thief, later forced to resign). Nixon was challenged in his campaign by Nelson Rockefeller of New York & Ronald Reagan of California. See 1973 & 1974 below.
Source: [Chicago '68: A Chronology]

1970 -- Singer Bessie Smith finally gets a marker for her grave in Philadelphia, 33 years after her death. Janis Joplin purchased the marker for the grave, stating that Smith was one of her influences.

Claes Oldenburg, Philadelphia

Clothes pin by Cales Oldenburg

1970 -- Canada: Thousands of Americans are denied entry for the Strawberry Fields Rock Festival in Mosport, Ontario, on the grounds that they "failed to produce adequate monies to support themselves." 8,000 Americans made it there, remarkably able to support themselves, one supposes.

Stat sheet: Where does Daddy keep his gun?
1972 -- US: Bill to limit the ownership of handguns defeated in the Senate, 83-7 margin. A compromise bill, suggesting merely that guns be registered, was then introduced; it lost by the more respectable margin of 78-11.

1973 -- US: Nattering Nabob? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Especially "Vice" President Spiro T. Agnew brands as "damned lies" reports he took kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland. A not so "effete" crook, he furthermore vowed not to resign just before resigning.

"The United States for all its faults, is still the greatest nation in the country."

1973 -- Vilhelm Moberg (1898-1973) dies, a suicide, in Väddö. Swedish novelist/dramatist, best known for his four volume story of the Swedish immigration to America in the 1850s. See August 20

1974 -- US: Inspired by his former sidekick, Spiro, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Dick M Nixon, no longer claiming he is not a crook, announces he will resign. Said "I'm not a quitter!" Then he quit. Also claimed during Vietnam War to be a pacifist. Not too confused.

1975 -- Julian "Cannonball" Adderly sax player, dies of a stroke.

1976 -- France: Farmers block nuclear equipment en route to Malville.

1979 -- Novelist Nicholas Monsarrat, dies, London. His best work, The Cruel Sea, is a vivid picture of life aboard a small ship in wartime. Draws upon his service in the Royal Navy from 1940 to 1946.

1980 -- The Greater London Council orders a halt to the plans of American heavy metal, punk-destructo band, the Plasmatics, to blow up a car onstage tonight.

1980 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Reagan aide William Casey leaves on his second trip to bribe Iranians to delay the release of US hostages.

Ferre Grignard
1982 -- Ferre Grignard (1939-1982) dies from throat cancer.

Belgium skiffle-singer/painter (Crucified Jesus) who surprised the world in 1965 with his international hit "Ring Ring, I've Got to Sing."

Started off at the art academy, went to the USA (where he went to live in the Negro ghettos) & was expelled from there (for being an anarchist). Also did ‘Yellow Me, Yellow You’, 'Drunken Nights, Drunken Sailor', 'Hash Bamboo Shuffle', etc.

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1990 -- US: Karen & Bill Bell join national campaign of the Feminist Majority against parental-consent requirements for abortion. Their daughter, Becky, died September 16, 1988, from a massive infection due to a botched, illegal abortion.

First known teenage victim of parental-consent laws, she didn't want to disappoint her parents, & knew Indiana judges would refuse permission under the state's parental-consent law.

1991 -- Metallica singer James Hetfield injured by a stage explosion at a concert in Montreal. At the same show, Guns 'n' Roses lead singer Axl Rose lost his voice & cut short their set. Fans weren't pleased & rioted.

"They wanted a riot, so they had one."

1994 -- US: Can't Refuse?: Cesar Chavez is posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, becoming the first Mexican-American ever to receive the honor.

1994 -- First border crossing opened between Israel & Jordan.

1995 -- Turkey: 700,000 public workers stage a one day sit-in General Strike, demanding greater pay increases. Union leaders suggest the lavish salaries paid government officials is an appropriate benchmark for pay hikes necessary to catch up with galloping inflation rates.

1996 -- Author & petty thief Herbert Huncke (1915-1996) dies, NY City.

In his autobiographical Junky, William S. Burroughs describes Herbert:

Waves of hostility & suspicion flowed out from his large brown eyes like some sort of television broadcast. The effect was almost like a physical impact. The man was small & very thin, his neck loose in the collar of his shirt. His complexion faded from brown to a mottled yellow, & pancake make-up had been heavily applied in an attempt to conceal a skin eruption. His mouth was drawn down at the corners in a grimace of petulant annoyance.

This was Herbert Huncke, drifter & small-time thief. Kerouac wrote adoringly of him in On The Road, & Allen Ginsberg shared his apartment with him, even though he realized Huncke & his junkie friends were storing stolen goods there.

1997 -- US: Eight arrested at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., during protest of the scheduled launch of the nuclear-payload space probe Cassini.

1997 -- US: Hamilton, Ohio residents demonstrate after a black youth, Russell Rogers, dies from an alleged police beating.

1998 -- England: Animal Liberation Front (ALF) frees 6,000 minks.

1999 -- Evelyn Shrifte dies, age 98. One of the first women to head a book company, president of Vanguard Press.

1999 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Bill Clinton offers clemency to 16 Puerto Rican independence activists.

2001 -- Bangladesh: 23 garment workers killed & over 100 others injured in a false fire alarm. The gates were locked in the seven-story building located in the Mirpur area of Dhaka.

2006 --

Siberian Igor Podshivalov, dies at 44, in Shelekhov, after a car accident on the 4th. Confederation of Anarcho-Syndicalists (KAS) founder, anti-nuclear activist, journalist. In a tragic coincidence, another anarchist activist named Nastya died in Irkutsk on the 4th of August after she is hit by a train. Bass player in a hardcore-punk band, Nastya participated in a local Food Not Bombs group & antifascist activities.
Podshivalov's articles (in Russian):

Beijing Olympics logo behind barb wire
2008 -- China: Beijing Olympics. Censored.

3000 --


Little star in the night
that rides the sky like a witch
where is our chief Zapata
who was the scourge of the rich?

Little flower of the fields
and valleys of Morelos,
if they ask for Zapata,
say he's gone to try on halos.

Little bubbling brook,
what did that carnation say to you?
It says our chief didn't die,
that Zapata's on his way to you.

— corrido mexicano

Zapata viva en Chiapas

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