Saturday, October 08, 2011

Daily Bleed Radical Literary History for October 8th

. . . . Life
Has shrunk to dregs & rancor; the world is unclean.
Calm, calm. For this
Is the last despair. What gift has fate brought man
But dying? Now, vanquish in your disdain
Nature & the ugly force
That furtively shapes human ill, & the whole
Infinite futility of the universe.

— Giacomo Leopardi, "To Himself"


French Deconstruction theorist, human-rights activist.

Ancient Athens: BEARING OF GREEN BRANCHES. Boys in women's gowns, carrying the green boughs of Bacchus, race from the temple of Bacchus to temple of Minerva amid much confusion.

Columbus Day Observed, Thanksgiving (Canada).

1741 -- Author José de Cadalso y Vázquez lives.

1754 -- Henry Fielding dies in Lisbon at 47. His Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon is published next year.

1755 -- Canada: Charles Lawrence, British governor of Nova Scotia, orders the French settlers in Acadia, whom he saw as a security risk, deported if they do not sign an unconditional oath of allegiance to the English crown. Of the 10,000 in the area, 8,000 were expelled over the next six years, as recorded in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem "Evangeline."

Americans have learned to appreciate a fiery style of cooking called Cajun, & it's all because of Lawrence. The Acadians were hard working farmers & fishermen who settled in North America a century before & wanted nothing to do with the battles between the French & English. The Acadians scattered, & many of ended up in Louisiana & were called Cajuns.

"Good food, of course, as an instrument of humanitas does not terrify any Englishman of any class.

Unless he crosses the Channel he never has an opportunity to encounter it."

Kenneth Rexroth, Assays

William Black painting
1779 -- William Blake begins his studies at the Royal Academy.

And Blake awoke. Expanding from the Vale
Of Felpham, his Humanity became
A Globe of Self-annihilating flame,
A Bubble searing through the
Mundane Shell...

— Richard Record, "Glad Day"

See Daily Bleed Saints Gallery page,

William Blake “could diagnose the early symptoms of the world ill because he saw them as signs that man was being deprived of literally half his being. . . . He is in fact concerned with the epic tragedy of mankind as it enters an epoch of depersonalization unequaled in history”...

Kenneth Rexroth’s remark on William Blake’s poems points to this salutary role while at the same time revealing its limits: “This is the art of providing the heart with images of its alienation. If the individual or society can project the dilemmas which reason cannot cope with, they can be controlled if not mastered. This was Blake’s function. He saw the oncoming Business Civilization & prepared a refuge, a symbolic fortress or haven.”

— Cited in Ken Knabb, The Relevance of Rexroth

1798 -- Author Philarète Chasles lives.

1820 -- Haiti: Despot Henri Christophe, a former slave, shoots himself.

1822 -- Coffee, Tea or Sludge?: First eruption of Galunggung, sends boiling sludge into valley, Java.

1838 -- Statesman & writer John Hay, lives, Salem, Indiana.

One of Lincoln's two private secretaries. Occasionally Lincoln, dressed for bed in a nightshirt but unable to sleep, would wake him up for some late-night talk. Twenty years after the assassination, Hay & John Nicolay, the other secretary, wrote a 10-volume biography of Lincoln that remains an important source for scholars. Gained a national reputation as a poet with the book Pike County Ballads.

1869 -- Inventor J(ames) Frank Duryea, lives, Washburn, Illinois. He & his brother, Charles, invented the first automobile to be actually built & operated in the US.

1871 -- US: How Now Brown Cow? Mrs. O'Leary's cow starts Chicago Fire, in the evening. Kills over 200 & over 98,000 left homeless as three & a half square miles of the city burn to the ground. 17,400 buildings were destroyed, & an estimated $200 million worth of damage — including the original Emancipation Proclamation.

"The cow kicked it over, winked its eye, & said,
There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight."

The cow was cooked, the spuds were fried & most in Chicago remain half-baked.

1871 -- US: As Chicago blazes away some 200 miles to the south an even deadlier fire rips through Peshtigo, Wisconsin, completely razing the town & killing 600 of its inhabitants. Over a million acres of forest are also consumed.
The Peshtigo Fire was closely studied by the American & British military during World War II to learn how to recreate firestorm conditions for bombing campaigns against cities in Germany & Japan.

See a kid I spent summers in Peshtigo....

— Bleedster Scott W. Langill

1872 -- Novelist John Cowper Powys lives, Shirley, Derbyshire. In 1960 he writes: "Thomas Hardy taught me to like Edgar Allan Poe, & Poe taught me about those 'Mimes in the form of God on high, blind prophets that come & go.'"

Pierre Besnard, French anarchiste
1886 -- France: Pierre Besnard lives.

French anarcho-syndicalist active in the AIT (International Workers Association), who met withBuenaventura Durruti & fought in Spanish Revolution of 1936. Besnard wrote Le monde nouveau (1936),Les syndicats ouvriers et la révolution sociale (1930) & contributed to l'Encyclopédie anarchiste.

"L'anarcho-syndicalisme est la forme organique que prend l'Anarchie, pour lutter contre le capitalisme. Il est en opposition fondamentale avec le Syndicalisme politique et réformiste. Il est représenté dans le monde par l'A.I.T."

1895 -- Albania: King Zog I lives.

1897 -- Russia: Jewish Bund organizes, secretly, to defend against oppression & dictatorship, in Vilnius.

1898 -- Rouben Mamoulian lives, Tiflis (now Tbilisi), Georgia, of Armenian descent. Russian-born film & stage director.

Rouben Mamoulian, worked at the Moscow Art Theater at night while studying law by day. He came to America in 1923, directed on Broadway, & then in Hollywood.

For his first film, Applause, in 1929, he introduced two technical advances: he put the camera — which up until then had been virtually stationary — on wheels for dolly shots; & he recorded the sound on two channels for later mixing. Mamoulian also directed the original stage productions of Oklahoma! & Carousel.

1905 -- Meyer Levin, lives, Chicago, Illinois. His 1956 novel, Compulsion, based on the Leopold & Loeb murder trail, earned him enough money to devote nearly the rest of his life to an epic saga of modern Israel. It took him 15 years & resulted in two big novels, The Settlers & The Harvest.

Corporate bureaucrat with huge mohawk
1906 -- Karl Nessler demonstrates first 'permanent wave' for hair, in London.

Poster by Eric Drooker

Chartre D'Amiens centenary poster
1906 -- France: Congress of the C.G.T. held. "Charte d’Amiens" is adopted. Influenced by the anarchists, an overwhelming union majority calls for total independence of the trade unions from the political parties of the State. Written by Émile Pouget, the text is approved by 830 votes against 48.

"La C.G.T regroupe, en dehors de toute école politique, tous les travailleurs conscients de la lutte à mener pour la disparition du salariat et du patronat."

8-16 octobre — XVe congrès national corporatif (IXe de la CGT) tenu à Amiens. Adoption de la "Charte d’Amiens", qui affirme l'indépendance du syndicalisme vis-à-vis des organisations politiques.

Le texte présenté par Victor Griffuelhes avait été signé par François-Auguste Marie, Ludovic Ménard, Jules Chazeaud, C. Bruon, Louis Ferrier, Eugène David, Jean Latapie, J- B. Médard, Alphonse Merrheim, Paul Delesalle, Jules Bled, Émile Pouget, Étienne Tabard, Jean - Amédée Bousquet, Monclard, Jacques Mazaud, Joseph Braun,Auguste Garnery, Alexandre Luquet, Henri Dret, Étienne Merzet, Albert Lévy, G. Thil, Paul Ader, Georges Yvetot, Charles Delzant, Henri Galantus, H. Turpin, J. Samay, Léon Robert, Jules Bornet, Pierre Hervier, Charles Dhooghe, Jules Roullier, Narcisse Richer, Laurent, C. Devilar, GeorgesBastien, H. Henriot, Léon Morel.


1907 -- Ireland: Two days of Black Rain begins. This rain was reported to have " ...left a most peculiar & disagreeable smell in the air."
I'm just a little black rain cloud

Hovering under the honey tree
I'm only a little black rain cloud
Pay no attention to little me
Ev'ryone knows that a rain cloud
Never eats honey, no, not a nip
I'm just floating around over the ground
Wondering where I will drip

Oh, ev'ryone knows that a rain cloud
Never eats honey, no, not a nip
I'm just floating around over the ground
Wondering where I will drip

— Lyrics from Winnie the Pooh

1912 -- First Balkan War (but not the last) begins.

1919 -- US: General Strike called to demand Tom Mooney's release & amnesty for all political prisoners.Emma Goldman, anarchist feminist

American labor agitator Tom Mooney was falsely convicted of a fatal bombing. He is not released until 1939.

Meanwhile, Bureau of Investigation Director & famed cross-dresser J. Edgar Hoover, in NY to review evidence collected for Emma Goldman's deportation, monitors a protest rally this same night. In search of further evidence, Hoover personally pokes around in a storage room leased by the anarchists M. Eleanor Fitzgerald & Ben Reitman.

Still shot from the film Dune
1920 -- Frank Herbert lives, Tacoma, Washington. American science-fiction writer best known for Dune(1965) series.

The epic adventure won the first Nebula for Best Novel, shared the Hugo & gained a cult status among science fiction readers.

Auntie Dave took a writing course from him at the University of Washington in Seattle & had the distinction of being the first student to ever drop his course, which greatly disturbed him (Frank, not Auntie).

1924 -- Virginia Woolf finishes Mrs. Dalloway. In exactly seven years to the day, The Waves is published.

1929 -- Dr. Strangelove?: First movies shown on an airplane in the air.

1930 -- Faith Ringgold lives, NY City. Multimedia artist whose paintings, face masks, fabric & soft sculptures, & quilts earn praise for her reaffirmation of African American women's values & unique perspective.

1933 -- US: "Sanctuary" movement founder James Corbett lives, Caspar, Wyoming.

1936 -- Spain: Emile Cottin dies, a combatant in the international group of the anarchist Durruti Column during the Spanish Revolution.

1937 -- Lord Peter Wimsey marries Harriet Vane (in Dorothy Sayers' Busman's Honeymoon).

1939 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Spanish composer Manuel de Falla lands in Argentina in exile from the fascist regime.

1939 --
Nicolas Faucier
Nicolas Faucier receives a three-year sentence to prison for inciting insubordination within the military. He was sent to various camps & eventually escaped & remained in hiding until after the war. French anarchiste, trade unionist & a pacifist, active with Louis Lecoin.

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1941 -- US: Jesse Jackson lives, Greenville, S.C. Civil rights & political activist.

1945 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Hank Truman announces atomic bomb secret shared with Britain & Canada.

1945 -- Felix Salten, dies, Zürich, Switzerland. He created the Bambi story.

1945 -- France: Plénum constitutif de la Fédération ibérique des jeunesses libertaires en exil (F.I.J.L.) in Toulouse, October 8-9th.

1946 -- Actor David Carradine, Grasshopper, lives.

1949 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Czechoslovakia: Secret police arrest 10,000 & send them to work in coal & uranium mines.

1951 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Fugitive Communist leader Gus Hall is captured. Foolishly thought freedom meant he was free to think & say anything he pleased...

1952 -- The Complete Book of Etiquette is first published.

Get your elbows off the table!

Ok, bub, no spam for you, you're going to bed without your email.

1954 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: 50,000 birds of 53 species are found dead, Robins Air Foce Base, Georgia.

1956 -- US: Legendary broadcaster Mel Allen was at the mike, describing Don Larson's perfect game as the NY Yankee pitched the only perfect baseball game in World Series history. Larson threw 97 pitches, faced 27 batters, struck out 11 & lead the Bronx Bombers to a 2-0 shutout of the Brooklyn's Dodgers in Game 5. In the words of the immortal sports play-by-play great: "How about that!"

1957 -- Jerry Lee Lewis records his classic "Great Balls Of Fire."

1962 -- Korea: Work 'n' Party!? North Korea reports 100% election turnout; in an amazing & dramatic "come from behind victory," 100% vote for Workers' Party. Party 100, Workers 0.

1964 -- US: Graveyard shift? Gilroy Roberts becomes first chief engraver to retire (rather than die in office).

1964 -- Source=Robert Braunwart "The World of Ray Bradbury" opens at Coronet Theater, Los Angeles.

1965 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Indonesia: Military begins massacring thousands of "suspected" Communists. The US embassy gives 5,000 names to terrorist death squads. Ultimately 500,000 die.

Celestin Freinet
1966 -- Célestin Freinet dies. Pacifist, syndicalist, anarchiste educator, founder of the Coopérative de l'Enseignement Laïc (C.E.L), The Co-operative Institute of the Modern School (1948) & wrote The French Modern School. One of the influences on the Spanish artist Ramón Acin, who founded an art school based on the ideas of Ferrer & Freinet.

peace concert poster
1966 -- A concert featuring Joan Baez, Mimi Fariña, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Ed Keating, & Don Duncan, to raise money for the Congressional District Write In Committee for Phil Drath & Peace. Did Mimi recover from the Acid Test in time for this political event?!

1968 -- US: Blacks riot in Washington, D.C. after police kill a black man.

Haymarket poster
1969 -- US: SDS Weathermen begin four "Days of Rage;" Weathermen blow up a statue commemorating police involved in the 1886 Haymarket bombing which resulted in the execution of innocent anarchists (later pardoned).

It is foolishly replaced ... & blown up again in 1970.

Anarchist bomber cartoon
1969 -- US: Pesky Pig? Haymarket police statue in Chicago bombed again.

1969 -- US: Daley Forecast? Weathermen's "Days of Rage" in Chicago, October 8-11. Three are shot, 300 arrested.

The Weatherman faction of SDS—which split off from RYM—holds its National Actions—the Days of Rage—in Chicago. As if seeking revenge for Convention Week, pipe-wielding Weathermen race through the streets, attacking police, windows, & cars.

1969 -- Uruguay: Disguised as a funeral procession, the Tupamaros urban guerrilla organization enter & occupy the town of Pando, robbing three banks of over 40 million pesos.
Source: [Calendar Riots]

1970 -- England: Second explosion at Rawlinson's home. Part of large series of bombings this year, believed the handiwork of the The Angry Brigade.

1970 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Soviet author Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn wins Nobel Literature Prize.

1970 -- Source=Robert Braunwart The New England Science Fiction Association is founded.

Indian territory t-shirt
1976 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Jerry Ford signs bill to terminate Indian Claims Commission, ending mechanism for repayment of lands stolen from tribes.

Bob Marley
1980 -- Reggae giant Bob Marley collapses onstage during a Wailers concert in Pittsburgh — the last one he ever performs. He is flown directly to Sloan-Kettering Hospital in NY City, where it is denied he is dying of a brain tumor or cancer. Marley ends up at a German disease-treatment center & dies from a brain tumor in May 1981, enroute to Jamaica.

Reagan's Gotta Go
1981 -- US: Do I Know You Guys? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leading Actor Ronnie Reagan greets predecessors James Carter, Jerry Ford & Dick M Nixon before packing them off to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral.

1982 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Poland: Polish Sejm dissolves all trade unions, including Solidarity.

1984 -- West Germany: Encampment at nuclear power station, Goreleben.

1991 -- Six months of daily anti-war actions begin, Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart 1,760 yellow umbrellas in California & 1,340 blue ones in Japan are scheduled to be opened by artist Christo (postponed). Damn weather.

1992 -- Thousands of people in the eastern US witness a bright fireball & hear a sonic boom. A 26-pound meteorite had fallen in Peekskill, NY, & struck a 1980 Chevy Malibu sitting in its driveway. It penetrated all the way through the trunk of the car, barely missing the gas tank.

This is nothing compared to the head-on collisions caused when drivers follow the instructions written in black letters on the backs of yellow jerseys of local bicyclists pedaling down two-lane roads:

Lane ends


Merge Left

Damn Anarchists.

1992 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Author Derek Walcott, St. Lucia, wins the Nobel Prize for literature.

1994 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Police & blacks exchange sniper fire on Chicago's West Side.

1995 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Mexican novelist Homero Aridjis's Lord of the Last Days is launched.

2000 -- US: 6th Annual International Indigenous People's Day; Justice for Leonard Peltier & the First Nations, march & rally, US/Canadian border, (Blaine, WA) at Peace Arch Park.

2000 -- China: Over 1,000 protesters gather to oppose Hong Kong's law prohibiting public demonstrations by more than 30 people without permission of Officer Friendlies.

2000 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Hey Saddam, Beat This! American government releases documents showing it tested chemical & biological weapons in the open air in Alaska, Hawaii, Alberta & Great Britain.

2000 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Signings of the Times?: Mental dwarf Rush Limbaugh, rightwing radio quack, tells his listeners he is virtually deaf. Double-deadly overdose, result of mixing his drug addiction & an overdose of hypocrisy.
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2003 -- US: California falls into the ocean. Yo! Arnold!

2004 -- France: Philosopher, deconstruction theorist Jacques Derrida deconstructs, Paris. Algerian-born, French intellectual. Can there be any certainty in the death of Jacques Derrida?

2010 -- China: Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who organised and disseminated a document called Charter 08, is announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. China blocks internet coverage of the award.

3000 --

Daily Bleed Saint, 2003-4 GIACOMO LEOPARDI
Outrageous 19th-century Italian poet, bawdy rebel.

Black Cat with Flag

"But history, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in... I read it a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes & kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, & hardly any women at all — it is very tiresome."

— Catherine Morland in Jane Austen's novel, Northanger Abbey (1817)

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