Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Daily Bleed Radical Literary History for November 2nd

Was it all true once? Just like
It says? I cannot find the past.
It is only anecdotes
For the company & the parching
Of a few more hidden nerves
Each Year.

— excerpt from The Dragon & the Unicorn
by Kenneth Rexroth


Superb Austrian fabulist novelist, mathematician.


Cheshire, England: SOULCAKER'S PLAY, featuring King George, The Dragon, An Old Woman, The Turk, Doctor Quack, Hobby Horse & Beelzebub.

Brittany: Beginning of "THE BLACK MONTHS."

Glowing skull

Sicily: Good little girls & boys get sweets & toys from their ancestors on DEAD RELATIVES DAY.



1648 -- 12,000 Jews massacred by Chmielnicki hordes in Narol, Podole.

1808 -- Author Jules Amédée Barbey D'Aurevilly lives.

1811 -- England: Luddite weavers & knitters smash machines in Sutton & Ashfield designed to displace them & destroy their leisurely cottage-industry.

computer spewing reams of paper
1815 -- George Boole mathematician, lives. Creator of Boolean algebra, the numbers numbing your mouse hand.

1837 -- US: Someone in Winslow, Maine didn't like Mr. Wood; his tombstone reads:

glowing skull

In Memory of Beza Wood
Departed this life
Nov. 2, 1837
Aged 45 yrs.
Here lies one Wood
Enclosed in wood
One Wood
Within another.
The outer wood
Is very good:
We cannot praise
The other.

1841 -- Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan. First known demonstration of the "Power of Positive Thinking," Akbar chanting his mantra, "I think I Khan ..."

1847 -- France: Georges Sorel, one-time socialist, direct-actionist, writer (Reflections on Violence), lives (-1922), Cherbourg. Sorel was a convert to Marxism in 1893, but by 1902 turned altogether against government, even under communism. He adopted revolutionary syndicalism as the means of social change, which influenced anarchists & numerous unions such as theI.W.W. (Industrial Workers of the World) & the C.N.T. [Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo].

Daily Bleed Saint, 2007-2010
French anarcho-communiste, theorist of "Direct Action."
Marx, Sorel & the Nordic Worldview

1867 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Novelist Charles Dickens' farewell dinner, London.

Henry Zisly, anarchiste; source
1872 -- France: Henri Zisly lives (1872-1945), Paris.

Militant anarchist, writer, advocate of libertarian naturalism (anarchists were pioneers of naturism / nudity).

1879 -- In a six-day footrace a Mr. Weston loses to a horse, 559.26 to 549.94 miles.

1882 -- orange diamond dingbat, added 2011, remove 2012Austro-Hungarian fabulist novelist novelist Leopold Perutz lives, Prague.

1883 -- Novelist/playwright Martin Flavin lives, San Francisco. Journey in the Dark snags a Pulitzer Prize in 1944.

Worker pinned beneath a pencil
1890 -- Moa Martinson lives. Novelist, among the first to depict landless agricultural workers in Swedish countryside. Married proletarian novelist Harry Martinson (Nobel Prize 1974). Most successful work is her autobiographical trilogy (Mother Gets Married (1936), Church Wedding (1938), The King's Roses (1938))).

1892 -- France: Jean Roumilhac lives, Compeignac (High Vienna). Fought with the Spanish Republicans. First president of S.I.A. (International Antifascist Solidarity founded by Louis Lecoin ). In the 1940s, Roumilhac created an agricultural company in the Rhone delta, "legally" enabling Spanish anarquista refugees to obtain residence permits.

1902 -- Gyula Illyes, poet, novelist, dramatist, dissident, leading 20th-century literary figure in Hungary, lives, Racegres, Austria-Hungary.

1903 -- Columbia: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ted Roosevelt sends warships to protect the American right to "free & uninterrupted transit" across the then Columbian province of Panama.

1906 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Emma Goldman pleads not guilty to criminal anarchy charges before the NY City magistrate. We cannot imagine how anyone might think the young lass an anarchist...

IWW button
1909 -- US: I.W.W. (Industrial Workers of the World) free-speech fight, Spokane, Washington.

Local organizer James P. Thompson was yanked from his speaker's platform by Officer Friendlies. Other Wobblies swarmed to take his place, & 150 men & women are arrested & the IWW Hall raided before the night is over.

Apparently ignorant laborers have to help American business & corporate interests figure out the meaning of free-speech, democracy, & the Bill of Rights.

1911 -- Greek poet, winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize for Literature, Odysseus Elytis, lives, Iráklion, Crete. After a 15-year period of silence following WWII, in 1959 "To Axion Esti," a long poem reminiscent of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself," is published.

Inspired by French Surrealism, & especially Paul Éluard, his first poems appeared in 1935 in the magazine"Ta Nea Grammata," which also published George Seferis's works. During WW II when Nazis occupied Greece, Elytis joined the resistance movement. After the war he was critic for the newspaper"Kathimerini" & worked also for the National Broadcasting Institute. In 1948 he moved to Paris, where he studied literature at the Sorbonne & became acquainted with Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse & others of the Paris art world.
See: Odysseus Elytis: Analogies of Light by I. Ivask (1981); Modern Greek Poetry by E. Keeley (1983).

1913 -- Emma Goldman, anarchist feministUS: Emma Goldman conducts Sunday evening lectures series in NY City, November 2-December 28; topics include "Our Moral Censors," "The Place of Anarchism in Modern Thought," "The Strike of Mothers," "The Intellectual Proletarians," & "Why Strikes Are Lost."

1915 -- Emilio Covelli (1846-1915), Italian anarchicho organizer, dies. Implicated in the "Gang of Matese" insurrection of 1877, member of the Fédération italienne de l'AIT, forced into exile. "Non mi vendo nè ai governi nè ai partiti... Ho perso tutto, resto ciò che sono."

1917 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Eugene O'Neill one-act play "The Long Voyage Home" premiers, NY.

Laurent Tailhade
1919 -- Laurent Tailhade (1854-1919), French poet, writer, libertarian polemist, opium addict (La noire idole), translator (Satyricon de Pétrone), dies.

“What do the victims matter, if the gesture be beautiful?”

His first poems were published in 1880, but it was his polemical writings which gained the most attention, being lambasted by the press & a costing him a year in jail for "provoking murder."

Tailhade himself was the victim of an anarchist bombing of a restaurant where he chanced to be (April 4, 1894) & lost an eye.

See also the Daily Bleed, April 16, 1854.

Des âges évolus j’ai remonté le fleuve
Et, le cœur enivré de sublimes desseins,
Déserté le Hadès et les ombrages saints,
Où l’âme d’une paix ineffable s’abreuve.

— Laurent Tailhade, "Helene (Le laboratoire de Faust à Wittemberg)"

Debs, Steffens quote
1920 -- US: Imprisoned anti-war & labor activist Eugene Debs receives over one million votes for President. Not bad for a jailbird.

1920 -- US: The first radio station begins regular broadcasting, East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, KDKA. Break out your crystal sets kids!

1921 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Eugene O'Neill play "Anna Christie" opens in NY (at the opening of the Vanderbilt Theatre).

1927 -- T. S. Eliot becomes a British subject.

1928 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Australia: Police fire on striking dock workers in Melbourne, killing one man.

1930 -- Ras Tafari Makonnen is crowned Negus of Ethiopia, taking the name Haile Selassie. Signifies to thousands of Jamaicans & Garveyites in the US the fulfillment of the prophesy of their leader, Marcus Garvey.

1936 -- England: First high-definition TV broadcast service, by BBC in London. Inspires football fans the world round to rush out & buy 70-inch TVs. Quite disappointed when they discover they have to stand in line for 65 years or so.

1937 -- Maryse Condé lives, Point-à-Pitre (some sources say Feb.11, 1937). Guadeloupean playwright & author of epic fiction, best-known for her historical novel Ségou (1984-85). Married Guinean artist Mamadou Conde. Awarded the Grand Prix Littéraire de la Femme in 1986. She has also published children's books & essays on literature & politics.

1939 -- Emma GoldmanCanada: Arthur (Attilio) Bortolotti's trial begins. Emma Goldman was active on behalf of anarchists in Spain during the Spanish Revolution & on behalf of four men, including Arthur (Attilio) Bortolotti (of the Anti-Deportation Campaign) & Marcus Joachim, arrested in Toronto for anti-Fascist agitation.

1945 -- Japan: Social Democratic Party founded.

Jim Carey is Truman?
1948 -- US: Dewey beats Truman, confounding voters, pollsters & newspapers. Dewey decimal system defeats Truman. Yup.

1950 -- At home in Ayot St. Lawrence, George Bernard Shaw, 94, dies from complications following a fall. His last words: "You're trying to keep me alive as an old curiosity, but I'm done, I'm finished, I'm going to die."

Playwright, music critic, alphabet reformer, socialist wit. Daily Bleed Saint, 1998.

Theaters around the world are darkened in his honor. In his will he continues his fight for a new English alphabet of 42 characters, each with one specific sound, leaving money in trust to research the proposal.

"To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer."

1950 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Puerto Rico: All known Puerto Rican nationalists & communists are arrested in this American colony.

1955 -- Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons" first appears on the charts. It is one of the biggest selling singles of its time. Seems to have hit a sympathetic chord. ("Another day older & deeper in debt, St. Peter don't you call me cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store..." ad libbing, from Auntie's memory hole, who also seems to recall the flip side being a very odd tune about monkeys swinging in the moonlight, just a picture on his wall...)

1959 -- US: Columbia professor Charles Van Doren testifies before a House Committee that he wanted to leave the "fixed" NBC-TV quiz show "21," but producer Albert Freedman wouldn't let him. (Van Doren was supplied answers by the staff of the quiz show; No congressman asked him the $64,000 question: why he didn't simply muff a question & lose the game.)

1960 -- Source=Robert Braunwart England: In a trial, D.H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover is found not obscene. After a very close reading, no doubt.

1961 -- James Thurber, American humorist & short story writer, dies.

"It is better to know some of the questions
than all of the answers."

1965 -- US: (Election day) Norman Morrison, 32 year-old Quaker, father of three, immolates himself below Secretary of Defense McNamara's Pentagon window to protest the Vietnam War. Pentagon workers yawn, see a window of opportunity & do lunch.

32-year-old Quaker Norman R. Morrison douses himself with kerosene & sets himself on fire. Friends at the Stony Run Friends Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, say his suicide was preceded by months of grieving over the escalating US war in Southeast Asia.

Earlier today, while having lunch with his wife, Morrison read an article from "Paris Match"magazine about a French priest whose church had been bombed by US planes. The priest buried at least seven of his parishioners.

Morrison became a national hero in North Vietnam, an Hanoi street being named after him & a postage stamp issued in his honor. As a gesture in honor of Morrison, the Vietcong released a P.O.W., Special Forces Sergeant George E. Smith, who came home to oppose the war [SeeP.O.W.: Two Years with the Vietcong. (Ramparts, 1971.)

1966 -- Great country bluesman "Mississippi" John Hurt dies in Mississippi at the age of 73.

1967 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Selective Service reveals it preferentially drafts draft protesters.

1971 -- US: 18 to 20 year olds vote for the first time. Part of Beloved & Respected Dick M Nixon administration's concerted efforts to defuse youth rebellion & opposition to his Vietnam War activities. Jean pool diluted?

1972 -- US: 500 Native American protesters from "Trail of Broken Treaties" Native American march occupy Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) offices, Washington D.C., for six days.

1972 -- US: Asian-American protesters from nearby International District sling mud at the ground-breaking ceremony for a new domed stadium (the Kingdome) in Seattle, Washington.

Unarmed? (venus demilo)
1979 -- France: Political bank robber, & France's public enemy number one, Jacques Mesrine machine-gunned by flics, Paris.

Daily Bleed Saint 2005-2008
French action-directe anarchiste, bank robber.

The daring & audacious publicity-hungry bank robber & kidnapper became one of the all-time greatest prison escapees.

In the 60s & 70s he became a folk hero in his native France, known as ‘the Robin Hood of the Paris streets’ for his daredevil raids & for the inability of the entire French police force to catch or hold on to him.

He kidnapped & robbed the rich & powerful & gave away some of the wealth he stole to the homeless.

See Mesrine: The Life & Death of a Supercrook by Carey Schofield (Penguin, 1980) &, in French, the video Jacques Mesrine: Les Bulles des Cardinal (90 min.); also see the two-part film starring Vincent Cassel Public Enemy Number One (2007) & The Death Instinct (2006).

1983 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ron Reagan signs a bill to establish a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Culmination of the efforts by many civil rights organizations & entertainers to name King's birthday as a national holiday, despite opposition of many states.

1984 -- US: After a last meal of Cheez Doodles & Coca-Cola, 51-year-old Velma Barfield is executed in North Carolina for murdering her boyfriend by poisoning his beer. Nine minutes after she is declared dead, her body is brought to a waiting ambulance, where a donor-transplant team tries in vain to restart her heart in order to save her kidneys.

Announces the New York Post,


Cocktail Party by Skogland; source

1986 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Lebanon: Pro-Iranian Lebanese terrorists free David Jacobsen (US) after 17 mos. after Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan pays ransom to Iran with weapons for his release.

While shipping arms to Iran criminally violates an American embargo, dealing with terrorists also violates Reagan's campaign promise never to do so.

Ironically, Reagan's election win over Carter (& the start of the Iran-Iraq war in September 1980) got their release, which occurred the day of Reagan's inauguration, when he released $8 billion in Iranian assets.

1987 -- Russia: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Soviet General Secretary Mike Gorbachev, addressing 6,000 party officials & visitors in the Kremlin, admits the late Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Soviet dictator Uncle Joe Stalin had committed enormous crimes, & says a commission will investigate the possibility of rehabilitating the reputations of his innocent victims.

1988 -- US: Computer virus strikes Pentagon, SDI research lab & 6 universities. ... vasectomy/

Disease writes its atrocious modifications, the endless sentence,
that tears fibers, burns in its net, overwhelming,
spreading in the body's intimate passageways, making alveolae burst
in silence...

— David Huerta, from "November Notebook, 1976"

Torn Notebook
Coosje Van Bruggen / Claes Oldenburg, Lincoln, Nebraska

Torn Notebook

1989 -- Guatemala: How's This One? American nun Diana Ortiz is kidnapped, beaten, raped & tortured near Guatemala City by US-backed Guatemalan terrorists military. The US Embassy claims Ortiz staged her own abduction & rape.

1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Burmese Nobelist Aung San Suu Kyi enters a coma from a hunger strike.

1993 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Iran: Government increases its earlier reward for Muslim terrorists to kill author Salman Rushdie.

1994 -- Source=Robert Braunwart M.G. Vassanji wins the 1st Giller Prize for Canadian fiction, for his book The Book of Secrets.

1999 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Spain: Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon issues international arrest warrants for 98 of the most infamous leaders of Argentina's Dirty War.

1999 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Bad Copy? Byran Uyesugi shoots seven Xerox coworkers to death, Honolulu.

Al Grierson; source
2000 -- Al Grierson, a close friend of Songster Utah Phillips, storyteller, poet, former Buddhist monk, a singer & a member of the Rose Tattoo, is killed in a flash flood accident near his home in Texass.
A Candle for Durruti by Al Grierson; source

Did "A Candle for Durruti," the title of which "comes from Dave Van Ronk, who told me once about a friend of his who would never pass by a Catholic Cathedral without stopping in to light a candle in memory of Buenaventurra Durruti, leader of the Anarchist Militia during the Spanish Civil War."

Al Grierson remembered,

2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: 2,000 atheists stage the first Godless Americans March on Washington.

2002 -- Dallas, Texass declares John McCutcheon Day. Must of been after they heard songster McCutcheon's "Hail to the Chief." (The great words of George Bush put to song.)

2003 -- Source=Robert Braunwart "Cabaret" (revival) closes at Studio 54, NYC after 2,306 performances.

Why bother to vote? If voting changed anything they'd make it illegal!; source:
2004 -- US: Chads & Chaddess's choose between evils....

"Should I cast my ballot for the hippie, the toothless bald guy, or the one with dreadlocks?"

A bad fit? Some will realize only later their dreams cannot be stuffed into a ballot box.

2005 -- US: Secret American CIA prisons in Europe belatedly reported in the mainstream media. Part of the US pattern of kidnappings, torture & abuse — surprisingly denied by the Bush junta. Notable in this chapter from Orwell is Secretary of State Condalessa Rice, who states with a straight face, during a mission to Europe to heal rifts over the US occupation of Iraq, that,

the American government does not commit illegal acts.


2006 -- México: The University of Oaxaca is attacked this a.m., with tear gas & shots reported on campus. Radio APPO is at the center of this months long struggle, inside the university, still broadcasting. . .until crushed at the end of the month.
translations of the radio were being produced at this website, chronologically from top to bottom:

2006 -- Zambia: A court grants bail to two Chinese managers accused of attempted murder for shooting & wounding 11 coal miners during a protest over pay & working conditions. Previously, in 2005, five Zambians were shot & wounded by managers during pay-related riots at the Chinese-owned Chambishi mine.

3500 --

Gods, goddesses,
wear the winged head dress
of horns, as the butterfly
or the erect king-cobra crest
to show how the worm turns.

— H.D. "The Walls Do Not Fall," Trilogy
Cascadian Independence Project Cascadia Independence Project

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