Thursday, December 08, 2011

Highlights from Today's Daily Bleed, a Radical Literary History and Anarchist Day Book

1859 -- Lifelong opium-eater, romantic writer Thomas
De Quincey dies, Lasswade, near Edinburgh, 74.
Author of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.

1919 -- Jailed at Ellis Island on the 5th, "Made
Anarchists" Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman
appear in federal court before Judge Julius M. Mayer,
who declares that as aliens, they have no constitutional
rights. They remain in detention at Ellis Island.

1943 -- Jim Morrison lives. American rock singer/lyricist
& cult figure since his death. His collections of poetry
include An American Prayer (1970) & The Lords &
The New Creatures (1971).

If the doors of perception were cleansed
All things would appear infinite.

1980 -- John Lennon permanently loses his voice; killed
by a fan. The former Beatle was shot outside his
apartment building in New York City by Mark David
Chapman, a former psychiatric patient.

      "I think of John's death as a war casualty
      — it is the war between the sane & the insane."

                 — Yoko Ono

2001 -- Fair Trade Coffee Day of Action. The Sleepless Goat 
Cafe & Workers' Cooperative.

2006 -- US: Society of the Spectacle (a multimedia digital 
remix) exhibits (8-12th) at the Boulder Museum of 
Contemporary Art in Colorado. Features a ten-minute DVD
which incorporates material from the imagery & writings of
French Situationist Guy Debord. It was put together by DJ 
Rabbi, a digital art collective of political activists.

The art of writing novels, such as it was, is
long dead everywhere except in Russia, where it
is new. Peace to its ashes — some of which
have a large sale.

— Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

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