Thursday, August 18, 2011

Daily Bleed Radical Literary History for August 18th

"When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere."

The Notebooks of Lazarus Long, Robert A. Heinlein



French proponent of the "noveau roman," filmmaker.

First of the month of FRUCTIDOR (fruit) in the French revolutionary calendar.

Wales: Ancient Bardic TOURNEY OF DRUIDS. Group singing, processions, musical & literary competitions, awarding of bardic degrees.

John Wayne
1227 -- Death of Ghengis Khan. His epitaph: You do what you Khan.

I am a demonstrative man, a baby picker-upper, a hugger & a kisser — that's my nature.

1563 -- anarchist diamond dingbatÉtienne de La Boétie (1530-1563) dies. French adviser to the Parliament of Bordeaux. Pals with Montaigne who later glorifies their friendship ("Because of him, there is me"). His principal work Discours sur la servitude volontaire (The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude), was published after he died, by Montaigne, & is considered an early precursor of anarchism. Around 1833 Emerson wrote his poem, Étienne de la Boèce. Boétie linked obedience & domination, a relationship later theorized by anarchist thinkers such as Proudhon. Tolstoy used extracts from the Discourse in three of his books. In 1907 Gustav Landauer made the Discourse central to his major work, Die Revolution.

"That which controls you has only two eyes, has only two hands, has only one body & but one thing which the least of men in all the cities has, but more than you all, it is the advantage which you give him to destroy you... "

1568 -- New Positions?: Pope Pius V orders a commission to deal with the problems of missionaries in America.

1587 -- New World: Virginia Dare is the first English child born in America, Roanoke Island, North Carolina. Four years later a ship bringing supplies arrives only to find no colony. The settlers, including Virginia Dare, had vanished. No trace was ever found of the lost colony.

James Koehnline collage
1591 -- New World: The Governor of the Roanoke Island colony returns from England.

The colony is no longer here, only an empty fort & the word"Croatan".

See Gone to Croatan, edited by Ron Sakolsky & SaintMeister Jim Koehnline.

Illustration by SaintMeister James Koehnline

Burning Man logo
1634 -- Burning of Urbain Grandier for witchcraft.

1686 -- Cassini reports seeing a satellite orbiting Venus. Rumor is he previously discovered dingleberries around Uranus.

1773 -- Boswell & Johnson embark on seven-week tour of the Hebrides.

1782 -- William Blake, 24, marries Catherine Sophia Boucher, an illiterate whom he teaches to share his love of literature. See the Daily Bleed Saints Gallery page,

1812 -- England: Lady Ludd "leads" Corn Market riot of women & boys, Leeds.
Source: [Luddite Chonology]

1823 -- Slaves in Demerara use the licence to travel on an official rest day (for the purposes of churchgoing) to launch an uprising of over 30,000 - see also 14 April & 27 December.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'

André Léo; source
1824 -- France: Léodile Bera (pseudonym, André Leo; married/widowed name Champseix) lives (1824-1900). Writer, journalist, militant féministe, member of the First International, Communard & aBakuninist. She is in the streets with Louise Michel on September 4, 1870 when the Republic is proclaimed.

1850 --
1850While his wife of five months waits indifferently for the end,Honore de Balzac dies in Paris at 51 regretting that his own character, Dr. Biachon of La Comedie Humaine, is not there to save him.

1862 -- US: Sioux Indians, riled by a government failure to deliver promised goods, massacre over 350 whites. The whites' response: a mass hanging of 38 Indians.

1886 -- anarchist diamond dingbatSamuel Schwartzbard, Jewish watchmaker & poet, lives (1886-1938).

Escaped the Russian pogroms in 1905, settled in Paris & active in local anarcho-communist groups with Alexander Berkman, Mollie Steimer & Senya Fleshin, & Nestor Makhno.

In 1926 he gunned down Simon Petliura, who had directed the Ukrainian pogroms in which some of his family were murdered. He fired three times, declaring:

"This, for the pogroms; this for the massacres, this for the victims."

Schwartzbard confessed to the crime, but was acquitted by a jury & freed, & the verdict interpreted as confirmation of Petliura's responsibility for the pogroms.

He wrote: Dreams & Reality (1920; Yiddish) & A Fight With Oneself (1933), etc.

1893 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: The day after a riot of the unemployed, Emma Goldman addresses a public meeting, in NY city urging those in need to take bread if they are hungry. Tommorow evening Emma helps lead a procession of several hundred anarchists to Union Square, where, among many other speakers, she addresses a crowd of the unemployed.

1905 -- Italy: A Grammichele (Catania) la polizia di stato spara contro un corteo di contadini: 14 morti e 68 feriti.
[Source: Crimini e Misfatti]

1907 --
Stuttgart, Germany

August 18-24th, 1907

7th congress of the Second International. Representing the PSOE Pablo Iglesias & Mariano García Cortés & for the UGT Antoni Fabra i Ribas.

Source: [Congressos Obrers]

1910 --
Copenhagen, Denmark

August 18 - September 3, 1910
8th congress of the Second International. Hi van participar Pablo Iglesias, Casimiro Muñoz, Emilio Corrales i Francisco Azorín, representant el PSOE i Vicente Barrio representant la UGT.

Source: [Congressos Obrers]

1918 -- Elsa Morante lives. Italian novelist, short-story writer, & poet, at one time (1941-1963) married to novelist Alberto Moravia. Never divorced, partly because of Morante's intense Catholicism.

1919 -- USA: Anti-Cigarette League of America founded, Chicago, Illinois.

Joe Chemo

1922 -- Novelist/filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet lives, Brest. Wrote The Erasers, The Voyeur, Jealousy, Project for a Revolution in New York.

Representantive of the nouveau roman & literary theoretician. For Robbe-Grillet, life is not overtly meaningful or absurd. Rather, it simply is.

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1925 -- Arkady Strugatski lives. Russian author, collaborated with his brother Boris Strugatsky on acclaimed science fiction novels.

The best-known Soviet science fiction writers, continuing a tradition starting with Nikolai Gogol's Chronicles of a City, & continuing in Mayakovsky's play The Bedbug, & Bulgakov's The Master & Margarita.

Under the official Marxist-Leninist ideology much of the Strugatski's works were written in code to avoid censorship.

Further details / context, click here[Details / context]

Warlaam Tcherkesoff; source:
1925 -- England: Warlaam Tcherkesoff (or Tcherkezov; or Varlam Cherkezov in Russian manner) dies, London. Georgian Prince, anarchist militant & collaborator of that other Prince, Peter Kropotkin. "Ambassador of Georgian patriots." Incisive early critic of Marxism. His Pages of Social History is translated into nine languages.
Further details/ context, click here; anarchiste, anarquista, anarquista, anarchist, ibertarian, Anarþist, anarchizmowi[Details / context]

Federación Ibérica de Juventudes Libertarias poster
1932 -- Spain: Founding of Federación Ibérica de Juventudes Libertarias (FIJL), August 18th to the 22nd, in Madrid. In February 1937 FIJL organized the Plenum of Regional organizations (second congress of FIJL).

Participation: Andalusia: 7,400; Extremadura: 1,907; Valencia & Murcia: 8,20; Castilia 18,469; Aragón: 12,089; Catalonia: 34,156.

Following the fascist victory in 1939 FIJL had two branches, one in exile situated in Paris & the other clandestinely in Spain, an illegal organization operating in Franco's regime.

1941 -- US: In a letter to President Roosevelt, Representative John Dingell of Michigan suggests incarcerating 10,000 Hawaiian Japanese Americans as hostages to ensure "good behavior" on the part of Japan.

1943 -- Roots?: Martin Mull lives, Chicago, Illinois, to throw his drink across the lawn in Cleveland. Greatest baby bottle Delta slide blues player; matures into a fab Living Room Furniture Designer.

1945 -- Taiwan: Indian freedom fighter Chandra Bose dies, Taipei. Incarcerated 11 times by the British over a span of twenty years. A socialist, he & Gandhi had differing ideologies but respected each other. The British [no terrorist they] attempted to assassinate him.

Daily Bleed Saint 2005-2008
Indian Freedom fighter, called "Patriot of Patriots" by Gandhi.

It appears to be a last desperate measure against someone who had thrown the Empire in complete panic
— Eunan O'Halpin

1947 -- Spain: Naval torpedo & mine factory explodes at Cadiz killing 300.

1949 -- Finland: 1500 striking lumberjacks fight a pitched battle against police & troops.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

Dada Cat
1950 -- Kitty Litter?: Four-month-old kitten, following a climbing party, scales the Matterhorn in three days.

1950 -- Italy: Il ministro del commercio estero discute a Washington il piano di riarmo dello stato italiano. Per lo stato armi e affari viaggiano sempre a braccetto.
[Source: Crimini e Misfatti]

1958 --

Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita book covers
Vladimir Nabokov's highly publicized Lolita is published in the US.

1960 -- Russia: Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR in the U-2 incident, overflying the country in a special plane designed for just that purpose.

1962 -- US: Five arrested attempting to disrupt launching of Polaris submarine, Groton, Connecticut.

Is he protecting you?
1963 -- US: James Meredith, the first African-American to attend the University of Mississippi, is the first to graduate. His enrollment in the university a year earlier was met with deadly riots, & he subsequently attended class under heavily-armed guard.

Star War poster
1965 -- Vietnam: The first major US ground operation of the Vietnam War begins with Operation Starlite Starbright, on the Van Tuong Peninsula, south of Chu Lai.

1966 -- China: "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution" begins, as Red Guards are summoned by head honcho, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Mao Tse-Tung, to Peking. 1,000,000 arrive in para-military fashion to hear Lin Piao explain the big character poster "Bombard the Headquarters."

So, you ask, what's to explain?

1966 -- During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac works on Vanity of Duluoz; Ann Charters, compiling a bibliography for the Phoenix Book Store, visits Kerouac in Hyannis.

Surreal hand with eyes & lips
1969 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Dick M "I am not a Crook" Nixon nominates Clement Haynsworth, Jr. to the Supreme Court. Haynsworth fails to win Congressional approval when it is revealed he bought 1,000 shares of Brunswick Corporation stock after he voted on a decision affecting the company, just before the decision was announced.

1969 -- anarchist diamond dingbatFrance: Jean Goldschild (1890-1969) dies (aka Goldsky, or Jacques Guerrier). Antimilitarist, militant & journalist.

Part of a group of friends who form the "Fédération révolutionnaire", promoting direct action. Goldschild later drifted away from anarchism & pacificism before returning once more & collaborating on Louis Lecoin's journal"Liberté."

"C'est dans les milieux libertaires que j'ai appris à penser"

— Jean Goldschild, "Libertaire," 1924

Further details/ context, click here[Details / context]

1970 -- England: The London offices of Iberia Airlines, Spanish State airline, bombed.

1971 -- US: Shootout in Jackson, Mississippi at the headquarters of Republic of North Africa.

1972 -- US: By the Throat?: Deep Throat seized (film ruled ruled obscene March 1973).

Steve Biko coffin
1977 -- South Africa: Steve Biko, a leading student apartheid resister, arrested, Port Elizabeth. Later murdered while in custody.

"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed."

— Steve Biko

1980 -- US: Native American tribe, Alabama Creek, regain ownership of "Hickory Grounds," headquarters of the entire Creek Nation before the forced removal of all tribes from the Southeast US in 1830s.

1980 -- US: Mary Mayhem kicks some butt, Berkeley, California.

1982 -- Spain: Thirteen members of 7th International Nonviolent March deported after climbing over gate from Gibraltar in their return after having crossed the "closed" border.

1985 -- France: In Lyons, the ROP print shop for Parisian daily papers is wrecked, in revenge for their lies & hostility towards the prison mutineers - see also 1 July.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'

1987 --
Zimbabwe novelist/dramatist Dambudzo Marechera, dies in Harare. Critical acclaim came with his collection of stories The House of Hunger. Growing up in poverty, he reacted by adopting an increasingly self-destructive lifestyle, was expelled from both the University of Rhodesia & New College, Oxford. The House of Hunger is a powerful account of life in his country under white rule.

1987 -- Philip Rush of New Zealand, sets record for triple crossing English Channel. His time 28:21, is 10 hours faster than the first man to do it.

1989 -- Colombia: In retaliation for the government's increased activity against local drug traffickers, Luis Carlos Galan, the ruling party's presidential hopeful, is assassinated. In the following year two more presidential candidates are murdered. By 1999 so much progress is made in America's so-called "Drug War" that the whole US Embassy is under investigation for drug smuggling.

1991 -- Russia: Eight senior Soviet officials, opposed to sweeping reforms of recent years, stage a coup against Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Mikhail Gorbachev. He is detained, troops are sent to Moscow, Leningrad, & the Baltics. But the conspirators fail to arrest the popularly elected President of the Russian Republic Boris Yeltsin, who rallies the opposition.

We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that. It's like air. When you have it, you don't notice it.

— Boris Yeltsin, 1995

1996 -- US: The prison population rises to nearly 1.6 million inmates in 1995, double the number of a decade ago, the Justice Department said.' (Reuters, Washington, DC). The US, by 1999, has the largest per capita prison population in the world, along with Russia.

1997 -- First use of the term, Daily Bleed, coined by the Good Doktor Dan, occurs 8/18/1997, on the BiblioManiac email subscription list. Book forum where some fool periodically sends off-topic mail about books.

On September 21, BleedMeister begins ripping off his copyRite, serving up uselessly recycled sludge on a daily-like basis in an effort to slow-torture the said Doktor (& his minions), who insists, like all good medical practitioners worth their saltlicks,

All Bleeding Eventually Stops

Guy Debord, Situationist
3000 --

The spectacle is ideology par excellence, because it exposes & manifests in its fullness the essence of all ideological systems: the impoverishment, servitude & negation of real life. The spectacle is materially "the expression of the separation & estrangement between man & man." Through the "new power of fraud," concentrated at the base of the spectacle in this production, "the new domain of alien beings to whom man is subservient... grows coextensively with the mass of objects." It is the highest stage of an expansion which has turned need against life. "The need for money is thus the real need produced by political economy, & the only need it produces" (Economic & Philosophical Manuscripts). The spectacle extends to all social life the principle which Hegel (in the Realphilosophie of Jena) conceives as the principle of money: it is

"the life of what is dead, moving within itself."

— Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle

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