Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Daily Bleed Radical Literary History for August 30th

British anarchist — daughter, wife, & mother of anarchists.

Great Britain: SUMMER HOLIDAY.



30 -- [BC] Cleopatra commits suicide, bitten by an (on her?) asp.

526 -- Death of Theodoric, King of the Ostrogoths.

1784 -- "Empress of China" arrives in Canton beginning the China trade.

Mary Shelley
1797 -- Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley, author of Frankenstein, lives, in London, daughter of anarchist philosopher William Godwin & feminist Mary Wollstonecraft (her mother, who dies of "childbed fever," on 10 September). 
The story of Frankenstein started on summer in 1816 when Mary joined with Percy Shelley & Claire Clairmont near Geneva. She took a challenge set by Byron & Shelley to write the most frightening ghost story. The idea came to her in a dream.

The first edition of the book had an unsigned preface by Percy Shelley. Many thought it was his novel, not believing a 19-year-old woman could write such horror. Published in 1818, it became a huge success.
Young Frankenstein Poster
Looking back on Frankenstein... Mary Shelley said, "I have affection for it, for it was the offspring of happy days, when death & grief were but words which found no true echo in my heart." The Gothic attitude in general, because it used images of death & ghostly survival toward no more responsible end than special effects & cheap thrills, was judged not Serious enough & confined to its own part of town.
— Thomas Pynchon, Is It O.K. to Be a Luddite?

1800 -- US: Coachman Gabriel Prosser's plans for a slave revolt in Richmond, Va., are betrayed by a pair of house slaves attempting to save their master. Prosser's plan, which involved over 1,00 slaves, would have resulted in the death of all slave-owning white, sparing only Quakers, Frenchmen, elderly women, & children.

1819 -- US: The Kickapoo Indians cede their territory, which spans central Illinois, & move to Missouri.
In 1670, the Kickapoo lived in what would become Wisconsin. They moved to Illinois & Indiana in 1765. The nation gave up some 3 million acres in 1809, when Indiana's Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader territorial governor, William Henry Harrison, bribed & intimidated the older & more moderate tribal leaders.
The Kickapoo aided the British in the War of 1812 &, in 1832, some joining Black Hawk in the Sauk war against the US. Continually pushed by white settlers, the Kickapoo move again from Missouri to Kansas. In 1852, they are forced to Texass. Then some move to Mexico while others go to an Oklahoma reservation.

1838 -- US: The first African-American magazine Mirror of Freedom, begins publishing in New York City.

1879 -- Scotland: Some Killer Weed? A rain of seaweed in Falkland, in the Lomond Hills.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'

1885 -- Outer Space: 13,000 meteors seen in one hour near Andromeda.

1888 -- Spain: Ramón Acin lives, Huesca (Aragon).Acin illustrated by Cano
Militant anarcho-syndicaliste, professor, writer & avant-garde artist. Acin was a friend of Garcia Lorca, & also Buñuel, producing his film "Terre sans pain". He founded an art school based on the ideas of Francisco Ferrer & Célestin Freinet.

When Franco's purges began in 1936, Ramón Acin & his partner Conchita Monrás are among the many rounded up & shot.

Grido degli Oppressi
1892 -- US: "Grido degli Oppressi" (Cry of the Oppressed) appears in New York City. A semi-monthly newspaper published by the Italian anarchist-communist group of New York & surrounding areas (Saverio Merlino is part of this mileu during his exile). In 1893, they publish the text of Élisée Reclus's "A mio fratello contadino" (My brother the peasant).
(Masthead graphic courtesy of Ephemeride anarchiste)

1900 -- US: Oregon Labor Press founded.

1900 -- México: Camilo Arriaga publishes the "Invitacion al Partido Liberal" manifesto, in San Luis Potosi.
This document sparks a movement leading to formation of the Partido Liberal Mexicano (PLM) five years later — & Ricardo Flores Magón's main vehicle for organizing the anti-Diaz struggle & for spreading the ideals of anarchism throughout Mexico. (Ricardo formally joined the emerging Liberal movement at the Congreso Liberal on February 5, 1901.)

Further details/ context, click here; anarquista, anarquismo, anarquistas, anarquía[Details / context]

1901 -- US: Birth of civil rights leader Roy Wilkins, St. Louis, Missouri. Editor of Crisis magazine for 15 years. Head of the NAACP in 1955, a post he held for 22 years.

1901 -- Journalist/author John Gunther lives, Chicago, Illinois.

1904 -- After living abroad for 20 years Henry James returns to America for a visit.

Big A
1907 -- Japan: First meeting of the Society for the Study of Socialism is held by Chinese anarchists in Tokyo. About 90 people attend, with speeches by Liu Shih-p'ei & Shusui Kotoku. Liu declares the purpose of the society is not merely the study of socialism, but the practice of anarchism.
Further details/ context, click here; anarchistes, anarquistas, anarquía, anarchia, anarchists, anarchizmowi, anarchizmu[Details / context]

1907 -- Netherlands: The International Antimilitarist Association (A.I.A.) convenes in Amsterdam, organized on the initiative of Domela Nieuwenhuis, in parallel & jointly with the International Anarchist Congress (August 24-31).
Rene de Marmande gives an outline of the situation in France & reads an approved motion from this morning's session of the Anarchist Congress.

1918 -- Russia: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik revolution & first head of Soviet Russia, is shot & wounded by Fanya Kaplan after speaking at a factory in Moscow.
Kaplan & her accomplice sister, Dora, are thought to be members of the Social Revolutionary Party, a political party in opposition to Lenin's Bolshevik revolutionaries.Beat Baldness!


1920 -- EG, anarchist feministRussia: Henry Alsberg is arrested traveling from Kiev to Odessa with the Museum Expedition; authorities claim he is traveling without permission. Alexander Berkman & Emma Goldman, also members of the expedition, protest the arrest, immediately sending telegrams to Lenin & Chicherin; no response is received. Alsberg is temporarily detained while the expedition travels on. (Alsberg later became director of the American Federal Writers' Project, from its inception, 1935 through late 1939.)

Zo D'Axa
1930 -- Zo d'Axa dies. French lampoonist, publisher, writer & anarchiste propagandist.
Zo d'Axa, publisher of "La Feuille,"
he ran an ass in the elections, leading to street brawls.
(Presumably outraged they couldna tell one ass from another.)

1933 -- "NRA Blues" by Bill Cox.
"History will probably record the National Industrial Recovery Act as the most important & far-reaching legislation ever enacted by Congress," said FDR as the centerpiece of his New Deal was signed into law on June 16, 1933. Two months later, Bill Cox was celebrating the three R's promised by the NRA — relief, reform, & recovery — in his jaunty "NRA Blues." Roosevelt's NRA met with stiff resistance & would not realize all its hopes, but Cox's never wavered.

— Mark Humphrey, "The Great Depression: American Music in the '30s"

1941 -- German troops achieve enclosure for the Siege of Leningrad.

1942 -- Luxembourg: General Strike in response to German "annexation."

Spanish anarchist Maquis
1957 -- Spain: José Luis Facerias is assassinated by the Barcelona police.
The ‘implacable fighter’ dies, riddled with bullets in an ambush laid by the police at the intersection of Urrutia & Verdun streets. Facerias was a veteran leader of anarchist urban guerrilla groups, fighting the fascist regime, which were operating inside & outside of Spain following the defeat of the revolution at the end of the 30s.

(Josep Lluís i Facerias, aka Petro or Petronio Face [1920-1957].)

1959 -- Vietnam: Elections held in South Vietnam give parties loyal to Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Diem unanimous control of the National Assembly, when all opposition candidates are forbidden to take their seats. CIA will later ok his assassination when he forgets who bought the elections & who owns him.

1963 -- Hello, Central, Give Me Dr. Jazz?: "Hot line" telephone link established between Kremlin & White House.

Repression, animated stick figure being clobbered by gavel & nightstick; source indymedia.org/imc/barcelona
1964 -- US: Democratic Party convention refuses to seat black protest delegation in place of all-white delegation from state of Mississippi. Outside, 200 protesters rally to oppose Vietnam War. Atlantic City, New Jersey.

1967 -- US: Senate confirms Thurgood Marshall as first black justice on US Supreme Court.

Movie Poster: In Old Chicago
1968 -- US: Finally, back at the Democratic Convention, Chicago's finest invade McCarthy's headquarters, dragging staffers from their beds & beatin the beejezus out of them.

CBS TV-anchor Walter Cronkite tells prime-time television viewers (quote):
"I want to pack my bags & get out of this city."

1970 -- England: The London home of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Waldron is damaged by a bomb blast. The bombing is not reported in the national press.

Huge bus doing wheelies down drag strip
1971 -- US: Ten empty school buses are blown up in Pontiac, Michigan only eight days before the daily bussing of 8,700 children to achieve racial balance in the city's schools was scheduled to begin.

1974 -- Rumania: World Population Action Plan declared at Bucharest.

1979 -- Outer Space: First recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the sun (the energy released was about equal to 1 million hydrogen bombs).

Cute Vicious Snarling bunny rabbit
1979 -- US: Story of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Jimmy "Peanuts" Carter attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip on April 20, in Plains, Georgia, finally makes the headlines.

1980 -- Polish government "allows" formation of independent unions. 

 Jean Tinguely
1991 -- Surrealist painter, sculptor Jean Tinguely dies.

anarchist Black Rose
2002 -- Spain: Tribute to Josep Lluís Facerias (Jose Luis Facerias), anarchist guerrilla assassinated by the fascist Civil Guard (see 1957 above), a poetry recital & floral offering in Barcelona at the place of his assassination, corner of c/Doctor Pi i Molist con Pg/Urrutia [Plaza de las Madres de Mayo]. (See 1957 above.)
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2010 -- Australia: French Spiderman climbs a 57-story Australian skyscraper in Sydney with his bare hands in 20-minutes.

3000 --
What if cyberspace itself is by definition a mode of separation & a manifestation of "machine logic"?
What if the disembodiment inherent in any appearance within cyberspace amounts to an alienation from precisely that sphere of everyday life which extropianism hopes to transform & purge of its miseries? If this were so, the results might very well resemble the dystopian situations envisioned by Philip K. Dick & William Gibson; — turned inward, this violent sense of contradiction would evoke the kind of futility & melancholia these writers depict. Directed outward, the violence would conjure up other science fiction models such as those of Heinlein or Herbert, which equate "freedom" with the culture of a technological elite.
— Hakim Bey, Primitives & Extropians


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