Monday, September 26, 2011

Daily Bleed Radical Literary History for September 26th


Nigerian short-story writer, committed journalist.

India: The FEAST OF LAMPS, memorial to the dead in which every lamp is lighted, a harvest feast is eaten, cakes are placed at crossroads for evil spirits to eat. Jains polish their jewelry, attend worship & have books blessed.


St. Cosmas & Damian' Day (patron of physicians, barbers, druggists, chemical workers; against bladder diseases).

Timothy Leary, source

Gabon: FEAST OF ZAME YE MEBEGE, God of Narcotics.

"Better living through chemistry" — former slogan of that pinnacle of patriotism, the DuPont Corporation.
I feel the fire of burning retribution compelled to speak out against them to young people wasting their time money & vital energy on drool inducing consumption.

1680 -- Tax revolt in Gorinchem due to tax on cereal.

1687 -- Parthenon destroyed in war between Turks & Venetians.

1774 -- Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman born.

1859 -- Author Irving Addison Bacheller lives.

1869 -- "Little Nemo" cartoonist Winsor McCay lives.

Daily Bleed Saint, 2005-2008
American cartoonist of "Little Nemo" fame.

Shoeless child worker, photo by Lewis Hine
1874 -- American photographer Lewis Hine lives.

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Early critic & photographer of Capitalist Realism.

1874 -- US: Ronald Mackenzie's cavalrymen round up 2,000 Indian ponies in the Palo Duro Canyon & shot every one. Mounted soldiers then conduct the horses' former owners on a 200-mile forced march to Fort Sill.

Attacks the Kiowa, Comanche & Cheyenne peoples in the Palo Duro Canyon in northern Texas. After forcing the Indians to retreat, the troopers storm through the canyon, burning tepees & destroying winter supplies. By the end of the day Mackenzie's forces have rounded up & slaughtered more than a thousand ponies, leaving them for the buzzards. The Indians — scattered & on foot — are now easy prey for the mounted, white soldiers, who methodically hunt them down & conduct them on a 200-mile forced march.

1882 --
26 septembre-1er octobre.- Congrès du POF (guesdistes) tenu à Roanne. Publication de la Bataille par Lissagaray.

1888 -- Reactionary American modernist poet T.S. Eliot lives, St. Louis, Missouri. Winner of the 1948 Nobel Prize for Literature.

1891 -- Dramatization of Henry James's novel The American opens at the Opera Comique in the Strand, London, attracting elegant audiences & poor reviews.

1896 -- George Bernard Shaw continues iconoclastic crusade against Shakespeare:

"With the single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer...whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his."

1898 -- George Gershwin lives.

1899 -- German existentialist philosopher Martin Heidegger lives.

1899 -- US: Emma Goldman concludes a nine-month lecture tour of 11 states, which began in Barre, Vermont, where she is hosted by Salvatore Palavicini.EG, anarchist feminist

Emma delivers several lectures in Barre, including "The New Woman" & "The Corrupting Influence of Politics on Man" — the first anarchist lectures in English ever presented there.

Prevented from delivering her lecture, "Authority versus Liberty," on Jan. 31, Goldman's comrades print & distribute 5,000 copies of a manifesto containing the text of her barred speech.

While in Barre, Emma Goldman meets Luigi Galleani, editor of the anarchist journal Cronaca Sovversiva.

1904 -- Lafcadio Hearn dies in Okubo. Took a Japanese name & wrote informative works about Japanese customs, religions, & literature. Wrote Exotics & Retrospective (1898), In Ghostly Japan (1899), Shadowings (1900), A Japanese Miscellany (1901).

1907 --
Norway: Oslo, from the 26 to the 31. Cinquena Conferència prèvia to creació of the FIS (Union Federació International).

Source: [Congressos Obrers]

1908 -- US: An ad for the Edison Phonograph appears in "The Saturday Evening Post." The Phonograph offers buyers free records by both Democratic & Republican US presidential candidates (grand jury testimonies? stock shoots up a gazillion points?)

1911 -- Italy: 26-27 September. Italy sends an ultimatum to Turkey demanding it accept, within 24 hours, Italian occupation of Tripolitania & Cirenaica. Violent anti-war agitations are carried out in Romagna under the guidance of the (then) Socialist Benito Mussolini.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

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1919 -- Ukraine: After months of retreat, the anarchist Ukrainian Insurrectionary Army, headed by Nestor Makhno, turns on its pursuers & Denikin's forces are routed.

The rightwing White Army was taken
completely by surprise.
The anarchists had stolen a march on them.
The Peregonovkans had welcomed
the Anarchists with open arms.
They opened their cupboards, their homes,
& their hearts.

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As a result of this defeat, Denikin is forced to abandon
his march on Moscow & the Bolshevik government is saved.

In November 1920, the Bolsheviks return the favor by unleashing
unprecedented Red Terror throughout the Ukraine:

"The Denikin repression pales beside that of the Bolsheviks."


Costantini: Makhno

1921 -- Nigerian short-story writer & author of children's books, committed journalist, Cyprian Ekwensi lives, Minna. He helped form the Association of Nigerian Authors in 1981. "Jagua Nana," the story of a high-class Lagos prostitute, was vehemently attacked by the Catholic & Anglican churches for its sexually explicit language & banned in several schools.

1924 -- Declaration of the Rights of the Child endorsed by the League of Nations.

Man Ray photo, source:
1928 -- US: Man Ray, surrealist, chess player/designer, anarchist, filmmaker & photographer, publishes a photographic report about the big trades of lorraine in the magazine "Vu."

1932 -- Gandhi ends fast against separate electorate for untouchables, British India.

1934 -- British liner Queen Mary is launched.

1934 --

"I Surrender, Dear" Red Norvo & His Swing Septet, 9/26/34

This is the sole performance in this collection from 1934, a year bitterly remembered by Malcolm X, who wrote in his Autobiography:

" . . . by 1934, we really began to suffer. This was about the worst depression year, & no one we knew had enough to eat or live on."

The 1934 dollar was still only worth about 60 percent of its 1929 value. But five million previously unemployed Americans were back at work.

The tumult of the times is countered by the elegance of xylophonist Norvo's performance with a stellar group including Artie Shaw on clarinet & Teddy Wilson at the piano. The song helped bring stardom to Bing Crosby back in 1931, & would become the vehicle for a 1948 film, I Surrender, Dear.

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

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1935 -- Italy: The Minister of Press & Propaganda assumes control of the radio stations. Big Brother speaks to you.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

Harriet Monroe
1936 -- Harriet Monroe dies in Arequipa, Peru. Founder/editor of "Poetry"magazine through which vehicle she introduced the Imagists & other "new poetry" to American readers.

Her autobiography, A Poet's Life: Seventy Years in a Changing World is published posthumously in 1938.

1936 -- Spain: Three anarquistas — Juan Doménech, Juan Fábregas & Antonio Garcia Birlan — join the Generalidad government in Catalonia.

Bessie Smith, source:
1937 -- Bessie Smith, Empress of Blues, dies of injuries from an auto accident outside of a Jim Crow hospital in Mississippi when the ambulance refuses to hurry because she is black.

Dies in Clarksville, Miss. One of the nation's greatest blues singers, called "the Empress of the Blues." In 1925, Bessie Smith & Louis Armstrong made the definitive rendition of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," & in 1929 she made her only movie appearance in the movie of the same name.

I truly love your almanac, but today an error stands out — the "Jim Crow" death of Bessie Smith. Though a gripping tale of racism, it seems that it never happened. This Wikipedia entry tells the story behind the tale —

— Bleedster Michael S., 2005

1940 -- Poet recluse, William Henry Davies, dies, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, England. His poetry, including Nature Poems & Others (1908), Forty New Poems (1918), Poems 1930-31 (1932), & The Loneliest Mountain (1939), gained wide popularity, but he continued to live the life of a recluse & tramp.

Viwetnam Memorial Wall
1945 -- Vietnam:
OSS Lieutenant Dewey killed in Saigon, the first American to be killed in Vietnam.

French & Vietminh spokesmen blame each other for his death.

Earlier this month, seven OSS officers, led by Lieutenant Colonel A. Peter Dewey, landed in Saigon to liberate Allied war prisoners, search for missing Americans, & gather intelligence.

1949 -- Author Jane Smiley lives.

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Did you see this? From the LA Times Inaugural Essays?
How history outfoxed fiction
The last eight years were sobering, as real-life plot lines outpaced fictional plot lines. Now, there is reason for (cautious) optimism.,0,6495104
story By Jane Smiley January 18, 2009

... "I didn't mind the inequities all that much, because everyone in the novel was engaged in a single enterprise, & therefore more alike, I thought, than different.. The last eight years have blasted that idea right out of my head.... all novels are political because all novels have some sort of theory about how society works. The theory grows out of a novelist's temperament, but it has to be worked out & have a logic in order to produce a good novel... The novels I have found revelatory in the last eight years are Zola's The Kill (and the rest of the Rougon-Macquart series, which is about the French Second Empire, an age of excess that prefigures ours) & Boccaccio's Decameron, which is about living through the Black Death. Now that Barack Obama is about to be inaugurated, can I go back to Pride & Prejudice?"

1950 -- England: A forest fire in British Columbia causes a blue moon to appear in England.Blue Moon Tavern Sign

1952 --
Santayana quote

Philosopher George Santayana dies. Supported Franco's fascist takeover of Spain.

"History is always written wrong, & so always needs to be rewritten."

1954 -- Japan: Typhoon strikes Kakodate Bay, killing over 1,600.

1958 -- Outer Space: Seventh Vanguard launched by the Navy fails to achieve orbit & burns in the earth's atmosphere.

1959 -- US: Highlander Folk School raided & closed down (Tennessee?)

1960 -- Don't Need a Weatherman To Know Which Way...?: Longest speech in UN history (4 hrs, 29 mins, by Fidel Castro).

1960 -- US: The first of the presidential debates between Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader hopefuls, Dick M Nixon & John F. Kennedy. Reaches more than 69 million people via TV & another 17 million on radio.

During one of the debates, Nixon demands that Kennedy "apologize" for the salty language used by former Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Harry Truman in his vigorous anti-Nixon speeches. As Nixon pointed out to the television audience:

"I can only say that I am very proud that President Eisenhower restored dignity & decency, & frankly, good language to the conduct of the Presidency. & I can only hope — should I win this election — that I would approach President Eisenhower in maintaining the dignity of the office."

Kennedy's reaction was off-camera laughter. A few minutes later, the debate over, Nixon retired to his dressing room & exploded in front of reporters.

"That fucking bastard," he said, "he — he wasn't supposed to use notes!"

1961 -- US: Baseball's Roger Maris hits dinger #60 off the hapless "Fat" Jack Fisher, tying Babe Ruth's record. A year ago, almost to the day (the 28th), "Fat Jack" served up a fat one to Ted Williams' in his last career at-bat.

1966 -- US: "Staten Island," is the first icebreaker to enter San Francisco Bay.

Otis Redding

Sittin' here resting my bones
& this loneliness won't leave me alone.
Two thousand miles I roam
just to make this dock my home.

Now, I'm gonna sit on the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away,
Sittin' on the dock of the bay, wasting time.

1968 -- The Studio Museum of Harlem opens in New York City. Conceived by Frank Donnelly & Carter Burden, an influential venue for exhibitions of African-American artists in all media.

1969 --SI dingbat
anarchist Cat1969

Italy: 8th Situationist International Conference, Venice.

(September 26th-October 1)

A "return," as it were, because the SI was founded in Italy in 1957 & hadn't met here since then.

Participants: François de Beaulieu, Robert Chasse, Patrick Cheval, Alain Chévalier, Guy Debord, Bruce Elwell, Jon Horelick, Mustapha Khayati, JV Martin, Claudio Pavan, René Riesel, Eduardo Rothe, Paolo Salvadori, Gianfranco Sanguinetti, Christian Sébastiani, Raoul Vaneigem, Tony Verlaan, René Viénet. Resignation of Mustapha Khayati, French section. Resignation of Bengt Ericson, Scandinavian section.

Provisional Statutes of the SI, internal document, adopted by the Venice conference.

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1970 -- England: Bomb explodes outside Barclays Bank, Heathrow. Just days ago Wimbledon & Hampstead Conservative Association were hit. Today there are simultaneous bomb attacks against Iberia Airlines in Geneva, Frankfurt, Paris & London airports. One of many attacks in England & France during this year, many attributed by the media to the anarchist 'The Angry Brigade'.

1973 -- US: Radioactive tritium discovered in drinking water near Rocky Flats, Dow Chemical's nuclear-weapons plant in Colorado.

1978 -- Jan Parandowski, Polish writer & essayist, dies in Warsaw. Novelist who also made a prose translation of the Odyssey.

1983 -- Italy: State police injure seven people protesting the installation of Cruise & Pershing missles, Comiso (Ragusa).
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1985 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Senator Jesse Helms adds an amendment to an appropriation bill forbidding the use of any funds for the benefit of "any cult, organization or other group that has a purpose, or that has any interest in, the promoting of Satanism or witchcraft." It is adopted without debate.

1990 -- Canada: Par for the Course?: Mohawk warriors at Kahnawake & Kanesatake (Oka), Quebec, surrender after an 11 week standoff with Canadian police & soldiers over occupation of sacred land slated to be used for a new golf course.

1990 -- Alberto Moravia dies. Italian journalist, short-story writer, novelist who explored sex, social alienation & other contemporary issues. Major figure in 20th-century Italian literature, censored by Benito Mussolini's fascist government, & placed by the Vatican on the Index librorum prohibitarum (Index of Forbidden Books). Especially influenced by the thoughts of Marx & Freud, he sharply criticized the dehumanized, capitalist world.

1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Brazil: Death squads kill 11 in Rio de Janeiro.

Riot cops ready to beat heads
2000 -- Czech Republic: About 20,000 of the world's bankers, economists & investors begin arriving in order to take part in the 55th Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WB) & the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Prague.
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Over the wire comes a report of an anarchist punching a police officer in the face, "repeatedly," during a street protest in Philadelphia. I imagine that little clot of information exploding outward through the endless fractals of the Information Age. I picture it reaching the suburban dinnertime conversations of a hundred million American Beauty households, & if I listen closely, I can hear America tut-tutting.

But then, there is something shocking about some punk putting one up in a cop’s face. In a culture that can absorb, without flinching, the fact that certain individuals can afford to order take-out for the world’s poorest billion without losing their seats in the Billionaire’s Club, punching a cop remains a genuine shock...

— James MacKinnon, "All This Talk of Anarchy"

Lackluster magician
2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Burma: Fourteen are sentenced to death for trying to overthrow the government by magic.
Foolish magician

One suspects the magic didna work too well.

2004 -- US: Howard Schoenfeld, 89, fantasy writer & pacifist, dies.

A pacifist, Howard Schoenfeld joined a group led by David Dellinger that refused to register for the draft in 1940 prior to the US entering World War II. With other draft-resisters, he sued the federal government, charging that peacetime conscription was unlawful. For refusing military service, he spent 11 months in federal prison & then seven months on parole in a Quaker work camp for conscientious objectors.

During his early years in NY he worked as public relations counsel for the Workers’ Defense League & as associate editor for the newsletter "Uncensored."

“He was a familiar presence in Washington Sq. during the 1960s & early 1970s where he often played burnout, a fast game of catch, with Villagers like Bob Dylan, the poet Delmore Schwartz & the painter Brian Adam,” his wife said.

Schoenfeld’s account of his prison experience, “The Danbury Story,” appeared in Retort: A quarterly journal of Anarchism, art & reviews in 1949.

One story, “Build Up Logically,” was dramatized & often broadcast on the radio station WBAI.

Author of Let Them Eat Bullets (1954): Meet Jerry Nelson, a tough private eye, who knew what to feed a public enemy. One of these dare devils is a private eye, a knight-errant with a nose for trouble. His carbon-copy is a college professor, & idea man with a nose for the ladies. When they pooled their resources, all hell broke loose — including blondes, lead showers & teenage psychotics.

Speedometer in the red
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Controlled mediations separate individuals from themselves, their desires, their dreams, & their will to live; & so people come to believe in the legend that you can't do without them, or the power that governs them.
Where Power fails to paralyze with constraints, it paralyses by suggestion, by forcing everyone to use crutches of which it is the sole owner & purveyor. Power as the sum of alienating mediations awaits only the holy water of cybernetics to baptize it into the state of Totality. But total power does not exist, only totalitarian powers. & cyberneticians make such pitiful priests that their baptism of organization will be laughed off the stage.

— Raoul Vaneigem,
"Technology & its Mediated Use"

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