Saturday, October 01, 2011

Daily Bleed Radical Literary History for October 1st

How close the clouds press this October first

& the rain — a gray scarf across the sky.

— Stephen Dobyns, "No Map"


Great Renaissance neo-Platonist & occultist.

WYN MONETH: Wine month in the Saxon calendar.


MAGIC CIRCLES DAY: Project spheres of consciousness.

& very important to remember...

OCTOBER is . . .
Auto Battery Safety Month, National Breast Awareness Month (Vancouver, Canada), National Family Sexuality Month, National Popcorn Poppin' Month, Spectacle of the Geese Month, Month of the Hedgehog, Vegetarian Awareness Month, Co-Op Awareness Month, International Book Fair Month, National Apple Jack Month, Communicate With Your Kid Month, Depression Education & Awareness Month, National Health Care Food Service Month, Infertility Awareness Month, National Kitchen & Bath Month, National Sarcastics Awareness Month

1st Week2nd Week3rd WeekLast Week
Careful, this is:

Get Organized Week,
Spinning & Weaving Week,
National Customer Service Week,
Teens on the Town Week

American Beer Week,
National School Lunch Week,
National Pet Peeve Week
National Kraut Sandwich Week,
Pickled Pepper Week,
Getting the World to Beat a Path to Your Door Week,
Peace With Justice Week,
International Pinball Week

National Magic Week,
Peace, Friendship & Good Will Week,
National Hug-A-Vending Machine Week,
Save Your Back Week,
Disarmament Week (24th-30th)

October Movable Daily Holidays

Sunday before the 2ndTap-Up Sunday
1st SundayGrandparent's Day
Blessing of the Fishing Fleet
1st ThursdayNottingham Goose Fair begins (UK)
1st SaturdayBlack Cowboy Parade (Oakland, California)
2nd WeekendAmerica's Sexy Wines Contest (Albuquerque, NM)
Fireant Festival (Marshall, Texas)
National Wild Turkey Calling Contest & Turkey Trot Festival (Yellville, Arkansas)

2nd SundayGood Thief Sunday
Sunbeam Sliding Sunday (Fairy)

2nd MondayThanksgiving Day (Canada)
2nd WednesdayInternational Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (UN)
2nd SaturdayAmerica's Sexy Wives Contest
National Wild Turkey Calling Contest & Turkey Trot Festival (Yellville, Arkansas)
3rd SundayNational Shut-In Visitation Day
No Boss' Day
3rd SaturdaySweetest Day
Frabjous Day
Ironman Triathalon
4th SundayExaltation of the Shellfish (Spain)
Mother-in-Law Day
Last ThursdayPunkie Night (Somerset, UK)

October Song

They who never ruled before
poured from their factory districts
across the bridges of Petrograd
to make October.
The moon was so startled
all global tides
The lights went on all over Europe.
can ever be the same again.

Dan Georgakis
from Three Red Stars, 1975

1499 -- Italy: Neo-Platonist occultist Marsilio Ficino dies, Florence.

1684 -- Pierre Corneille, who introduced tragicomedy to the French stage with Le Cid, dies in Paris at 78.

1742 -- New World: "Bloody Election Day" in Philadelphia. The Proprietary Party hired 30 burly sailors "with large clubs or truncheons" to keep the rival Quakers from controlling the staircase leading to a ballot box. But the Quakers, aided by German allies, rallied & drove the sailors off. (1842?)
Clothes Pin
Claes Oldenburg, Philadelphia

1760 -- Author William Beckford lives (1760?).

masthead, Cherokee Phoenix
1838 -- US: Trail of Tears: 4000 Cherokees die when 17,000 of them are forced west by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US President Jackson's Indian Removal bill, the culmination of his efforts to exterminate them. Jackson was also a notorious land speculator, slave trader & bribe-artist.

Realizing a key to development of the Cherokee Nation was a written language, the warrior Sequoyah (a.k.a. George Gist or Guess) began work on the "talking leaves," a graphic representation of the Cherokee language. The alphabet, officially listed as being completed in 1821 took 12 years to create.

Sequoyah came up with the idea of "Talking Leaves" when he visited Chief Charles Hicks who showed him how to write his name so he could sign his work like white silversmiths. Initially he tried single pictograms to represent entire sentences, but quickly realized this was impossible. Then he began to create symbols for each sound the Cherokees made. In the interim, Sequoyah fought alongside Andy Jackson in the Creek War of 1813-1814. Although he lacked a formal education he spoke several languages fluently. This is the only instance of a written language developed by a single person.

The name "Talking Leaves" was satirical of whites. The Cherokee felt that white man's words dried up & blew away like leaves when the words no longer suited the whites.

Charles Cros
1842 -- Charles Cros lives. French poet, inventor of the phonograph.

Charles Cros, inventor of the phonograph, was the most popular poet-singer of this kind in mid-19th-century Paris, & his poems spoke for a way of life completely unassimilable by the money-crazy, hypocritical, debauched, & puritanical society of Louis Napoleon’s gimcrack Second Empire.

It is from people like Charles Cros, simple, sensuous, lyrical, & sarcastic, that poets like Verlaine come, & all of those that he, Verlaine, first called “poètes maudits,” the cursed, the outcast poets, Germain Nouveau, Arthur Rimbaud, Alfred Jarry, Tristan Corbière, Jean Richepin. All of these poets are still sung.

Kenneth Rexroth, Subversive Aspects of Popular Songs

1847 -- An item to consider for including in the Daily Bleed on October 1, 2000
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 11:52
From: "Wild Bill Up On the Hill"


Here's another suggestion with lots of lead time, based on astronomy picture of the day. Maria Mitchell, pioneer American woman astronomer, discovered her very own comet (Mitchell 1847V) on October 1, 1847.

She lived from 1818 to 1889 (don't know the day of her birth or death), was one of the most famous scientists of her day. She was the first woman to be appointed a professor of astronomy (Vassar), & the only woman elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences until 1943.

Lots of the Bleed's saints & sinners would support her two-word quote:

"Question everything."

1851 -- US: Syracuse crowd busts up a police station to free a recaptured escaped slave.

William "Jerry" Henry, a runaway slave & craftsman in Syracuse, NY is arrested by a US Marshall & scheduled to be returned to slavery. Ten thousand citizens of the city storm the sheriff's office, free Henry & aid his escape to Canada via the underground railroad.

1856 -- First installment of Flaubert's Madame Bovary appears, publisher refuses to print passage about Emma's adulterous liaison in the back seat of a cab.

The novel's realistic treatment of adultery & suicide prompted obscenity charges to be brought against the author in the following year. He was acquitted, & the novel became a classic of French literature.

Emperor Norton
1860 -- US: Decree from Norton I, Emperor of the United States & Protector of Mexico, bars Congress from meeting in Washington, D.C.

1863 -- US: Five Russian war vessels enter the port of New York & are warmly received. Cold War follows soonly thereafter.

1866 -- US: 3,750 acres of Chehalis Indian Reservation returned to public domain by Executive Order. They weren't really using it, anyway.

Fernand Pelloutier
1867 -- Fernand Pelloutier lives (1867-1901), Paris. Socialist who became an anarchiste through the influence of Augustin Hamon. Encouraged anarchist participation in the trade unions, which were revolutionary then, favoring direct action, sabotage, the general strike, & rejection of political parties.

"We are men without God, without Masters & Fatherland, irreconcilable enemies of any despotism, moral or collective, i.e. laws & dictatorships (including that of the proletariat), & impassioned lovers of the culture of oneself ."

— Fernand Pelloutier

See the Anarchist Encyclopedia page,

1871 --

"Today is the first day of October. It is a veritable gold & crimson fantasy as far as the eye can see. Such splendor, such magnificence: the golden sun rising from the smoke hazed mountains transforming them into a wonderland of riotous colours then continuing on in its orbit ever upward radiating in the vast heavens of cerulean blue."

"The Last Return From the Sea," The Captain's Lady's Cookbook

1873The father of the detective novel, Émile Gaboriau, dies in Paris, France. Wrote Le Crime d'Orcival (1867, The Mystery of Orcival),Monsieur Lecoq (1868), Les Esclaves de Paris (1868, The Slaves of Paris), & L'Argent des autres (1874, Other People's Money).

1875 -- Ion Creanga, Romania's greatest story teller, publishes his first story, "Soacra cu trei nurori" (in "Convorbiri literare.") Ion was encouraged to write by his poet friend, Mihail Eminescu.

1885 -- Poet Louis Untermeyer born. On his 90th birthday he boasts,

"I'm writing my third autobiography. . . the other two were premature."

Kropotkin in his study; source
1885 -- L'Ordre, prefaced by Élisée Reclus, dated October 1, 1885, is first published... & in book format later the same month, & reprinted In 'Le Révolté' on October 11/24, 1885.

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1888 -- First issue of "National Geographic" published. Now all the little white boys in the world can see what boobies look like.

1890 -- US: Congress passes McKinley Tariff Act, taxing opium at $10 a lb. if manufactured for smoking.


Written by Merle Travis for Tex Williams; the release not only saved Tex Williams' waning career, but also became Capitol Records' first million-seller.

"It ain't cuz I don't smoke 'em myself

& i don't reckon that it'll hinder your health

I smoked 'em all my life & I ain't dead yet..."

1894 -- Egypt: Greek workers employed by the Suez Canal Company go on strike.

Sakilarides Yanakakis establishes a shoemakers union. Dr. Skouphopoulos is another well-known agitator in this region.

1898 -- France: Spanish & US commissioners meet in Paris to draft a Peace Treaty. On September 29, Spain officially announced that Puerto Rico had been ceded to the US as part of the war spoils.

1899 -- American author Ernest Haycox lives.

1905 -- 'Wild Beasts', a group of artists including Henri Matisse, make their debut at the Salon d'Atutomne in Paris, to uniformly harsh reviews. Matisse goes on to become one of the most influential painters of the century.

1910 -- US: Twenty-one killed when the Los Angeles Times building is dynamited while embroiled in labor strife. McNamara arrested. Anarchist involvement is immediately suspected.

1910 -- México: The Mexican Libéral party adopts anarchist slogan, "Tierra y Libertad."

"La terre! criait Bakounine, La terre! criait Ferrer, la terre! crie la Révolution Mexicaine."
Ricardo Flores Magón ... CapitolHill/2419/revoindx.html

1910 -- Emma Goldman, anarchistCanada: Subscribers denied receipt of materials from the anarchist Mother Earth Books in NY, by order of Canadian authorities, because of their "treasonable nature." [BleedMeister & treasonous friends —Stan Iverson, Joy Cameron, Charlie Knox, Paula Silverman, & others — in Seattle began a bookstore of the same name, around 1970, in honor of the fine tradition begun by Emma Goldman].

1910 -- Syndicalism in the Colne Valley...

In October 1910 Honley Feast, a carnival at which association football was played, together with the Fartown football matches, brought 42 summonses against workers for French leave. The summonses were to show to the police why the workers should not pay fines for absenting themselves from work without permission.

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1910 -- France: Emile Aubin delivers a speech in Lagny for which he is arrested for "antimilitarisme et outrages à Chef d'Etat", & sent to prison for 18 months. Just out of the military a few months (where he was serving punishment in a disciplinary battalion), Aubrin was a member of the antimilitarist "Groupe des libérés des bagnes militaires" which published the poster "Galonnés assassins" (Braided assassins).

1911 -- France: Aguigui Mouna (aka Andre Dupont; 1911-1999) lives. French agitator, propagandist pacifist, philosophical & individualistic libertarian.

Mixes pacifism & anarchist individualism, dating from 1951. Broke & on the streets of Paris he discovers his talent as agitator:

"It is while speaking that one becomes a loudspeaker"

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1914 -- Historian & Librarian of Congress emeritus Daniel Boorstin lives, Atlanta, Georgia

As a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, he took first-class honors in jurisprudence & was admitted as a barrister to the Inner Temple in 1937. Two years later, he returned to the US to teach history, first at Harvard & then at the University of Chicago. He left Chicago in 1969 to become the director of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution & in 1975 moved on to become the Librarian of Congress, a post he held until 1987. He's best-known for his three-volume history, The Americans. The third volume, titled The Americans: The Democratic Experience, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1974.

1918 -- T.E. Lawrence captures Damascus.

Berlin Street Fighting
1918 -- Germany: Oct-Nov, street fighting in Berlin. By November, full-scale revolution — councils of workers, soldiers, intellectuals, & artists replace the government.

1919 -- US: Baseball's World Series begins as a best of nine affair; White Sox intentionally throw this series to satisfy gamblers (The Black Sox Scandal).

"Say it ain't so, Joe..."

1921 --
Socialist red rose logoBrasil

1º de outubro de 1921

O Congresso da Covilhã, também votou pela não-adesão à ISV, apesar dos esforços das "minorias sindicalistas" infiltradas na CGT para servir ao governo ditatorial soviético, de acordo com o Relatório de Jules Humberto Droz, delegado da IC.

Source: [Movimento Anarquista no Brasil]

1928 -- Russia: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Joseph Stalin's first five-year plan is announced, calling for development of heavy industry, seizure of farms, & collectivization of all workers.

1928 -- US: Duke Ellington records "The Mooche."

1929 -- "Un Chien Andalou" by Bunuel & Dali screened at Studio 28. "Land Without Bread" is a horrifying account of one of Spain's most desolate & poverty-stricken rural regions, Las Hurdes.

Razor slitting an eyeball

Un Chien Andalou/Land Without Bread (1928)

& the silting up of those faces, which once bore flashes of desire like ink splattered on a wall, which were like shooting stars. Gin, rum, brandy — down the hatch like the Grand Armada. So much for the funeral oration. But all those people were so commonplace.

— Guy Debord, Howls for Sade

attention: bizarre nou l'avons
"When I am dead I hope they burn everything I ever made. I share the feelings of the Marquis de Sade. I want them to burn me & throw me to the four winds. I want to disappear completely, without trace."

Bunuel on camera crane"The last dream is one of autofellatio, in which I can suck my own member. My cock must be very small in the dream, because it fits perfectly in my mouth. But I get no pleasure from it. It's stupid, I don't like any part of it. "What luck," I say, "to be able to blow myself, right?" But no, nothing. "

1937 --

1942 -- Günther Wallraff lives. German writer/journalist, who disguised himself once as a Turkish immigrant to reveal hard labor conditions of migrant workers. The book, Ganz Unten, sold over 2.5 million copies & is one of the best-selling books since World War II. Educated as a bookseller.

Poky Puppy cover
1942 -- US: Little Golden Books publishes its first children's book: The Poky Little Puppy.

1942 -- Raven Sherman dies. (Terry & the Pirates comic strip; 1941).

1943 -- Sono istituite la regione dell'Alpenvorland (comprendente le province di Trento Bolzano e Belluno) e dell'Adriatisches Küsterland (comprendente le province di Udine, Gorizia, Trieste, Pola, Fiume e Lubiana). Entrambe queste regioni vengono annesse al Reich tedesco. Da alleata ad asservita.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1946 -- Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal rejects defense of "following orders" where crimes against humanity are concerned.

1946 -- American Author Tim O'Brien, Going After Caccioto, lives Austin, Minnesota.

Won the National Book Award in 1979 for his novel Going After Cacciato (1978), about the experiences of a soldier in Vietnam. O'Brien was drafted & sent to Vietnam soon after his graduation from Macalester College in 1968. He served in the Army for three years, reached the rank of sergeant, & was awarded a Purple Heart.

His first book was If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up & Ship Me Home (1973), a semi-autobiographical story of an infantryman's year in Vietnam. His other books include The Things They Carried (1990), In the Lake of the Woods (1994), & Tomcat in Love (1998). Writing good stories, he says, "requires a sense of passion, & my passion as a human being & as a writer intersect in Vietnam, not in the physical stuff but in the issues of Vietnam: of courage, rectitude, enlightenment, holiness, trying to do the right thing in the world."

1946 -- American novelist & short story writer Judith Freeman lives, Ogden, Utah. Her first novel, The Chinchilla Farm (1989), is a road novel about a Mormon woman who packs all of her belongings into a livestock trailer & heads for L.A. after her husband walks out.

1946 -- Italy: Ennesimo rastrellamento di fondi da parte dello stato con il "prestito della ricostruzione." Lo stato ottiene 231 miliardi.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]

1949 -- China: So-called "People's" Republic of China founded. Communists officially proclaim it so, so it must be so, & take power.

1949 -- US: Pacifica Foundation (founded 1946) starts first radio station, KPFA in Berkeley (April 15 they air their first show). Founded by Lewis Hill, poet, pacifist & journalist.

The marginal status of FM during the 1950s was the bane of early KPFA's existence. Long before America On Line gave away its software to subscribers, KPFA's staff gave FM sets to their's. Not until manufacturers began attaching FM receivers to stereo equipment did the station's subscription base really take off.

1949 -- US: 500,000 steel workers strike.

1961 -- Roger Maris sets record of 61 HRs.

1962 -- US: James Meredith became the University of Mississippi's first black student after 3,000 troops put down riots, completing the registration he began yesterday.

1964 -- US: Police attempt to arrest University of California-Berkeley math grad student Jack Weinberg for passing out literature for the Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE) in Sproul Plaza — inadvertently starting the Free Speech Movement (FSM). Police car is surrounded by demonstrating students for 32 hours. Mario Savio & Joan Baez involved; early September: Clark Kerr bans all politicking outside UC's main gate; late Sept: Kerr suspends 8 students for political activities. Weinberg:

"Don't trust anyone over thirty."

1965 -- Indonesia: Attempted military coup against Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Sukarno precipitates the state's systematic extermination of more than 400,000 suspected Communists & other leftists.
[Source: K.S. Karol]

1968 -- e1to e4?: Surrealist / cerebralist artist Marcel Duchamp dies, Neuilly, Paris. Gave up art for chess.

"The individual, man as a man, man as a brain, if you like, interests me more than what he makes, because I've noticed that most artists only repeat themselves."

1968 -- US: The House Committee on Un-American Activities convenes hearings to plumb the extent of Communist subversion in the Convention Week protests in Chicago.

Testifying over the course of the hearings are: Lt. Joseph Healy & Sgt. Joseph Grubisic, both of the Intelligence Division of the Chicago Police Department (the Red Squad); Robert Pierson, a Chicago police officer who went undercover & was Jerry Rubin's bodyguard; Robert Greenblatt, national coordinator of MOBE; Dr. Quentin Young of the Medical Committee for Human Rights; & soon-to-be-indicted Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, & David Dellinger.

(The hearings recessed on October 3rd & were concluded December 2 through 5. Windy City indeed!)

1969 -- Canada: Protesters shut down the U.S.-Canada border crossing at Blaine, Washington, in opposition to US nuclear testing in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

Jimi Hendrix poster
1970 -- Jimi Hendrix buried in Seattle, Washington. Mourners include Miles Davis, Johnny Winter, Eric Burdon, & Eric Clapton's group, Derek & the Dominoes.
Got grave concerns?

1970 -- Curtis Mayfield leaves the Impressions to start up his solo career & to found his own label. The LA Times reported he had felt he never really belonged, that from the beginning he'd made a bad impression.

1970 -- US: Clallam tribe awarded $400,000 by Indian Claims Commission for stolen lands.

1973 -- Steele Mill?: Danielle Steele publishes her first book (Going Home).

1975 -- Al Jackson is shot to death in his Memphis home by an intruder. Drummer for the MGs, the legendary Stax Records house band which backed-up Otis Redding, Sam & Dave & Wilson Pickett. His wife is questioned about the killing because she was arrested in July for shooting her husband in the chest. He was 39.

1975 -- Ellice Islands split from Gilbert Islands, take name "Tuvalu."

1976 -- New Zealand: Peace squadron resists arrival of US nuclear warship, in Auckland.

1982 -- US: First Trident submarine, U.S.S. Ohio, becomes fully operational.

1985 -- E.B. White, author, dies.

1987 -- US: TV evangelist Pat Robertson -- who stayed at a friend's house there for three months in 1959 — returns to his "roots" in the Brooklyn ghetto of Bedford-Stuyvesant to announce his candidacy for the Replublican presidential nomination.

"Bigot!" local residents chant, proving that you can't go home again. "Bigot!"

rightwing nut puppets
1989 -- US: A Real Boner? US issues stamp,
labeling an Apatosaurus a Brontosaurus.

Damn, damn, damn!

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Israel: Army announces it will distribute gas masks free to Jews, but Palestinians will have to pay for them.

1991 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaItaly: Six "antiauthoritarian" evenings with the Living Theatre, at the Teatro Porta Romana in Milan (October 1-6th).

1995 -- Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Hootie & The Blowfish & The Dave Matthews Band raise nearly $1 million at Farm Aid concert in Louisville, Ky.

1997 -- Kosovo: 100,000 demonstrate in Pristina, the capital (occupied by Serbia), for civil rights for the majority ethnic Albanian population.

1997 -- England: A half-day blockade temporarily shuts down a COPEX "Covert Operations" fair at a base in Farnborough.

2010 -- Pulp Fiction!? American author Jonathan Franzen urges British fans not to read his latest novel Freedom(heralded as the novel of the century to date) because the publisher mistakenly printed an old draft, with thousands of copies set to be pulped.

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2010 -- Yearly Ig Nobel Prizes awarded: Economics Prize goes to executives & directors of Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, & Magnetar for creating & promoting new ways to invest money — ways that maximize financial gain & minimize financial risk for the world economy, or for a portion thereof; Chemistry: BP Oil for disproving the old belief that oil & water don't mix; Biology: Libiao Zhang (China) & cohorts for scientifically documenting fellatio in fruit bats; Engineering: Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse (UK) & pals for perfecting a method to collect whale snot, using a remote-control helicopter.

3000 --

"We live in a decaying age.

Young people no longer respect their parents.

They are rude & impatient.

They frequently inhabit taverns & have no self control."

— Inscription, 6000 year-old Egyptian tomb (quoted in R. Buckminster Fuller's I Seem to be a Verb).

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