Excerpts, the black & white of it:
OCTOBER 7 -- GIL J. WOLMAN
French lettrist & situationist theorist.
Wobbly martyr of American Zerowork movement.
Libya: EXPULSION OF FASCIST
Nottinghamshire, England: 700-year
old, 3-day GOOSE FAIR opens.
1849 -- Edgar Allan Poe dies in Baltimore at age
40, saying "Lord, help my poor soul."
‘Quoth the Raven,“Nevermore”’
1879 -- Joe Hill, labor martyr executed by state of Utah,
the famous Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
labor songster/organizer, lives, in Gàule, Sweden.
Workman, popular singer, poet, anarchist trade
You will eat bye & bye,
In that glorious land above the sky.
Work & pray, (work & pray),
Live on hay, (live on hay),
You'll get Pie in the Sky,
When you die, (that's a lie!)
1879 -- Leon Trotsky lives. Russian communist leader &
Bolshevik politician, a close friend of Lenin. Author of In
Defense of Terrorism & Literature & Revolution.
"With regard to intellectual creation the revolution
must from the very beginning establish & assure an
anarchist regime of individual liberty."
— Leon Trotsky & Andre Breton
"At last the Soviet government, with an iron broom,
has rid Russia of Anarchism."
— Leon Trotsky
1905 -- Paintings of a radical group of artists, including Henri
Matisse & Andre Derain, go on display, Paris; beginning of the
1911 -- Mexico: Revolutionaries with Zapata take Axochiapan
from government forces.
1920 -- H.G. Wells, author/socialist, on a trip to Russia,
is invited to address the Petrograd Soviet.
Wells was torn between two visions...one of salvation
& one of doom. He was so obsessed with the future he
invented a time machine to take him there.
1927 -- R.D. Laing, British radical
"Humanity is estranged from its
"In the context of our present pervasive
madness, sanity, freedom, all our frames
of reference are ambiguous & equivocal".
1929 -- French lettrist & situationist theorist
Gil Wolman lives, France.
"Making petrified conditions dance by singing
them their own tune . . . . .
Don't call us, do it yourself!"
1933 -- Joseph A. Labadie
American labor activist, writer, poet, printer,
anarchist, dies. Deeply influenced by Josiah
Warren, Benjamin Tucker, & Proudhon.
The largest labor & radical library collection
in the US is named in his honor.
1934 -- Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones, Imamu Amiri
Baraka) lives. American dramatist, poet & novelist,
whose works have explored the experience & anger of
"God has been replaced, as he has all
over the West, with respectability & air
1938 -- Legendary Iranian singer, poet & political activist Fereydoon
Farrokhzad lives. Younger brother of the acclaimed Persian poet Forugh
Farrokhzad. He was assassinated or murdered in Germany in 1992.
1943 -- Radclyffe Hall, British lesbian novelist, dies.
Lesbian novelist of new identities & new realities;
Daily Bleed Saint 1998.
1955 -- American poet Allen Ginsberg organizes a poetry
reading at Six Gallery, in Frisco (featuring also Michael McClure,
Philip Lamantia, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Kenneth Rexroth)
& brings down the house by reading Howl publicly for the
1960 -- France: Hands off Alexander Trocchi, English-language
tract protesting Alexander Trocchi's arrest in the US, signed
by Guy Debord, Jacqueline de Jong & Asger Jorn, Paris.
1965 -- Charles Linster does 6,006 consecutive push-ups.
Auntie Dave, that sexist pig, in an unguarded moment,
reveals in an interview with himself, that he prefers
pin-ups to push-ups.
1966 -- Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Big Brother, & Electric
Train at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1984 -- Philippines: More Shoes Than Imelda?: 20,000
march against Marcos dictatorship, Manila, .
In 1986 Imelda Marcos revealed the reason there
were so many shoes (thousands) in her closets:
"Everybody kept their shoes there.
The maids ... everybody."
1990 -- Palestine: Israeli security forces raid Gaza City mosque
& steal Islamic writings.
1993 -- Guatemala: A mass grave of 150 women & children
murdered by the US-supported & trained Guatemalan army is
1993 -- US: Demonstration & book burning are held to protest
the donation of two gay-themed books to 42 Kansas City, Mo.
1995 -- China: Painting "Chairman Mao Goes to Anyuan" is
auctioned for $662,810. Who needs Andy Warhol?
2002 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader George Dubya
says Iraq "possesses & produces chemical & biological weapons,",
This was not a lie, only a slip of the tongue,
he having meant the US, not Iraq.
"The world at once present & absent which
the spectacle makes visible is the world of the
commodity dominating all that is lived. The
world of the commodity is thus shown for
what it is, because its movement is identical
to the estrangement of men among
themselves & in relation to their global
— Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle
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