Our Daily Bleed...
What's madness but nobility of soul
At odds with circumstance? The day's on fire!
PAPA WENDO KOLOSOY
Congolese rumba musician, prisoner, cultural activist.
FIRST DAY OF SUMMER. Middle Ages (& You Know Who You Are).
AFRICAN LIBERATION DAY.
NATIONAL TAPDANCE DAY.
Coventry, England: LADY GODIVA'S DAY. Her famous ride re-enacted.
Agnodice reveals her sex to clear herself of rape charges.
Rushing to her defense, female patients declare that if Agnodice is executed for practicing medicine, "they will all die with her."
Not only is Agnodice acquitted, but is allowed to continue her medical work & wear men's clothing. A change in Athenian law also allows women to study medicine.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Transcendentalist, theorist of independent self-valorization.
"I could readily see in Emerson . . . the insinuation that had he lived in those days when the world was made he might have offered some valuable suggestions."
— Herman Melville
"It was a dark & stormy night. . . "
Les 25-29 mai.- Organisation d'un congrès socialiste-révolutionnaire qui marque la naissance d'un "parti" anarchiste distinct.
Source: [Le Maitron]
"Each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. We can have but one great experience at best, & the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible."
— Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Fifty workers, socialists & anarchists, participate, representing 30 different groups; the congress concludes with an address: "salut au prolétariat universel qui lutte pour son émancipation, il se solidarise avec ses luttes et fait un voeux pour le salut du genre humain au moyen de la révolution sociale."
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In a Dark Time
In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;
I hear my echo in the echoing wood —
A lord of nature weeping to a tree.
I live between the heron & the wren,
Beasts of the hill & serpents of the den.
What's madness but nobility of soul
At odds with circumstance? The day's on fire!
I know the purity of pure despair,
My shadow pinned against a sweating wall.
That place among the rocks — is it a cave,
Or a winding path? The edge is what I have.
A steady storm of correspondences!
A night flowing with birds, a ragged moon,
And in broad day the midnight come again!
A man goes far to find out what he is—
Death of the self in a long, tearless night,
All natural shapes blazing unnatural light.
Dark, dark my light, & darker my desire.
My soul, like some heat-maddened summer fly,
Keeps buzzing at the sill. Which I is I?
A fallen man, I climb out of my fear.
The mind enters itself, & God the mind,
And one is One, free in the tearing wind.
— Theodore Roethke (1964)
1908 -- US: Mid-to-late May, Emma Goldman delivers five lectures in Portland — including "Why Emancipation Has Failed to Free Women" & "Direct Action a Logical Method of Anarchism" — following an initial free-speech battle.
Emma's success is attributed in part to support received from Charles Erskine Scott Wood, Portland attorney & author. Local Portland anarchists organize protest against the court-martial & imprisonment of William Buwalda.
1910 -- Claude Debussy's 1st book of piano Douze preludes premiers in excerpts.
1911 -- Following the death of Gustav Mahler, Thomas Mann visits the Lido & conceives the idea for his novel Death in Venice.
1911 -- México: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Porfirio Díaz resigns after a popular uprising.
1913 -- US: Emma Goldman delivers a series of propaganda lectures, May 25-June 8, in Frisco, California, followed by several talks on the modern drama, including Stanley Houghton's "Hindel Wakes," John Galsworthy's "The Wheels of Justice Crush All," & Charles Rann Kennedy's "The Dignity of Labor."
1913 -- México: Meeting Casa del Obrero Mundial results in the arrests of Luis Méndez, Pioquinto Roldán, Jacinto Huitrón & deportation of José Santos Chocano, Eloy Armenta & José Collado.
Source: [Casa Obrero Mundial] 25 de mayo. anarchists (?) Mítin de la Casa del Obrero Mundial, a consecuencia del cual son arrestados Luis Méndez, Pioquinto Roldán, Jacinto Huitrón y deportados José Santos Chocano, Eloy Armenta y José Collado.
1915 -- Belgium: The 2nd Battle of Ypres ends, with 105,000 casualties (WWI).
1917 -- England: German Gotha heavy bombers make the first mass bombing raid on the country.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 2009-2010
Engaged Russian avant-gardist, Suprematist, Constructivist.
1925 -- US: Two company houses occupied by non-union coal miners blown up & destroyed by labor "racketeers" during a strike against the Glendale Gas & Coal Company in Wheeling, West Virginia.
1926 -- Milestone?: Jazz great Miles Davis lives, Alton, Illinois.
1926 -- France: Times Up? Simon Petliura (Petlyura) assassinated in Paris by Samuel Schwartzbard, a young Jewish anarchist poet & watchmaker, to avenge the Ukraine pogroms of 1919-1920 against Jews (directed by Petliura, a rightwing nationalist & former Hetman of Ukrainian armies) & the murder of his own family members.
Schwartzbard was set free October 26, 1927 by a sympathetic jury & to the acclaim of a sympathetic public.
1927 -- Author, producer & researcher of the blues, Paul Oliver lives, Nottingham, UK.
1928 -- France: During this month Emma Goldman tries to organize a small gathering of anarchist writers & theoreticians in to discuss the future of anarchism & especially its propaganda, circulating an agenda & soliciting comments. Though the meeting does not occur as planned, Emma is gratified that the effort generates ideas & discussion.
1929 -- William Faulkner completes his novel Sanctuary.
1931 -- US: Douglas Macintosh & Marie Averill Bland denied US citizenship for refusing to bear arms on behalf of the state.
1932 -- US: Bonus Marchers arrive in Washington, DC to protest unemployment. Thousands of WWI veterans march, demanding promised bonus benefits.
1933 -- First issue of the Surrealist magazine Minotaure appears.
1935 -- US: Ticket to Ride? Babe Ruth, of the Boston Braves, hit home runs 713 & 714 — the last round-trippers for The Sultan of Swat.
1935 -- US: Grow Your Own? Federal government dedicates United States Narcotic Farm, Lexington, Kentucky. Wow! That Blue Grass is the best!
1938 -- Raymond Carver lives (-1988) Clatskanie, Oregon. American short-story writer/poet, a major force in the revitalization of the short story.
Worked as a janitor, gas-station attendant, & deliveryman. Established his reputation in 1976 with Will You Be Quiet, Please? Carver depicts in unadorned tales the life of white & blue-collar workers, salesmen, waitresses, & their sense of betrayal & inability to communicate with others.
Carver & Tess Gallagher were sometime visitors to Left Bank Books when BleedMeister Dave worked there.
1943 -- US: Riot at Mobile, Alabama shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers.
1945 -- Japan: Most of composer Koscak Yamada's musical manuscripts are destroyed in an Allied air raid on Tokyo. Critical military target, score one for the Brass. Yup.
1946 -- US: The Train Stops Here? Railroad strike is settled on terms imposed by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Harry Truman.
1948 -- France: Holy Cow? Garry Davis, ex-US GI, renounces US citizenship to become Citizen of the World. 400,000 join the movement (C.O.W.!)
1951 -- Panama: Former Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Arias is declared guilty of abusing his constitutional powers while in office.
1953 -- US: Road Kill Ribbit? First atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada.
A 280mm artillery gun fires the 15 kiloton nuclear shell.
This is the only time a nuclear artillery shell is ever fired...
(But Hey! — there's still time!)
1954 -- Vietnam: Action-photographer, documentarian of the horror of war, Robert Capa dies.
Daily Bleed patron Saint 2005-2008
Instrumental in forming the photographer-owned outfit (Magnum) to aid photographers & distribute their work cooperatively without getting ripped-off.
Capa took some of the most famous war photos ever, including anarchists & Republicans during the Spanish Revolution of 1936. He also shot numerous famous photos of D-Day in the Second World War.
Shortly after taking this photograph in Vietnam, Capa stepped on a land mine & was killed.
1954 -- Surrounded by Reds? Author Mickey Spillane, aka Ayn Rand, portrays himself in the movie "Ring of Fear."
1955 -- MacKinlay Kantor finishes his novel Andersonville.
1956 -- US: Wilhelm Reich, discoverer of what he calls "the life energy," is sentenced to prison for two years for contempt of court. His associate in his research into "orgone energy," Dr. Michael Silvert, is given a sentence of a year & a day for the same offense. Both appealed to the US Circuit Court.
In 1954 the FDA enjoins Wilhelm Reich from further distribution & sales of "orgone accumulators"; Reich disobeys & is sentenced to 2 years. The Federal Government bans & burns books by Wilhelm Reich whom it deems "wacky."
The willingness of the US courts to incarcerate Wilhelm Reich, burn his books, & in general treat him like a criminal, demonstrated how far legal technicalities & procedural issues had replaced the original intent & spirit of the law. Certainly, all the various judges who reviewed Reich's case & ruled against him, from the local & district court judges to the US Supreme Court judges, knew they were agreeing to censorship of speech & to the burning of books.
— James DeMeo, Ph.D., Director of Research, Orgone Biophysical Research Laboratory
While the Orgone box is thoroughly discredited, Book Burning is still alive & well today, as then.
1961 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President John Kennedy commits US to putting a man on the moon by 1970. Can't get enough of that Blue Cheese.
1961 -- Morocco: 45 unions meet to form the All-African Trade Union federation.
1962 -- Anton Webern symphonic poem "Im Sommerwind" premiers, University of Washington, Seattle.
1963 -- Organization for African Unity formed by 30 participating African countries. Works real well.
1965 -- Cymbolic Gesture?: Kinks guitar player Dave Davies is knocked unconscious when he careens into drummer Mick Avory's cymbal during a London concert. The remainder of the U.K. tour is canceled.
1968 -- A No-Show?: 1968 Monterey Pop Festival canceled because of pressure from the local government & citizenry. $52,000 is discovered missing from the previous festival's profits & the bookkeeper, Sandra Beebe, can't be located.
France: May Uprisings 1968. Beginning of the negotiations of Grenelle between the government & the trade unions.
Fearing the soldiers will fight side-by-side with the workers & students, & fearing radicalization of the military, the government had called up reservists & kept the soldiers in isolation.
Today the government, employers' federation & unions met to negotiate a country-wide pact called the Grenelle accords...
France's state radio & television — the ORTF — goes on strike: no TV-news at 20:00. Prime Minister Georges Pompidou negotiates with everybody.
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1968 -- Canada: Protests in Vancouver in front of the French Embassy.
1968 -- England: Protests in London in front of the French Embassy.
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1969 -- ¶ During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac is dependent on dexedrine; begins work on his novel Pic (published posthumously in 1971).
1978 -- US: The Unabomber's first bomb injures one at the University of Illinois.
1979 -- US: Worst air disaster in US aviation history: American Airlines DC-10 jetliner loses its left engine & crashes shortly after takeoff in Chicago, killing 273.
1981 -- US: From the High Crimes File: Dan Goodwin wanted fun.
With three suction cups & a Spiderman cartoon costume, Dan begins scaling the world's tallest building — the Sears Tower — in Chicago.
He climbs for six hours, with Boys in Blue hoping to stop his perilous climb. At the 50th floor, he assures them of his safety, & crested about an hour later.
Bad Dan is arrested for trespass.
1986 -- US: Handicap? 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida.
1990 -- Italy: Congresso USI, May 25-27th, in Rome.
1991 -- Angola: Last Cuban troops leave.
1992 -- US: 500 march on Leavenworth (Kansas) federal prison demanding freedom for Native American activist Leonard Peltier. The FBI framed him many years ago.
1994 -- Boutros Ghali says 200,000 Rwandans have died in the recent violence. He condemns the killings as "genocide."
1998 -- Canada: Hundreds of activists blockade the posh Sheraton Center Hotel, site of the $1000 per delegate Conference de Montreal. The annual capitalist confab attracts an assortment of local & international business, political & bureaucratic elites. Guest of honor at this high-level corporate globalization conference dubbed the "Conference de Montreal on Globalized Economies" is Donald Johnston, an unabashed proponent of the MAI — dubbed "NAFTA on crack" — & the head of the OECD at which the agreement was then being negotiated in secret.
2001 -- US: Second Anarchist Film Festival in Chicago, Illinois, May 25-27, as part of "Matches & Mayhem", which includes a bookfair, soccer tournament (Revolution With Balls!? Sock It To Em!), debates & Variety Show.
If revolution can't be fun, then whats the point?!"
2001 -- US: Let'er Rip? 11th Circuit court allows publication of novel The Wind Done Gone. Sum kind of Sailing-Bodice thing.
"I am an old woman, 'seated' in Mexico"Leonora Carrinton dies, aged 94, in México City.
LEONORA CARRINGTON, Daily Bleed Saint, 2004
“Do you believe,” she went on, “that the past dies?”
“Yes,” said Margaret. “Yes, if the present cuts its throat.”
“But what is primarily secret is what is a secret & what isn’t; that is perhaps the actual state secret.”
— Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Politics & Crime
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