Our Daily Bleed...
He doesn't understand
it's a joke.
He has no sense of humour.
If he did have a sense of humour
he'd be surprised
how often he needed it.
Bobby Louise Hawkins
Gay American poet, longtime companion of Allen Ginsberg.
London England: VINTNER'S PROCESSION. Porters in top hats sweep the path before the gold & black liveried beadle, the stavesman, Swan-Warden, Bargemaster, etc., all carrying nosegays. Has gone on for over 700 years.
Rhineland, Germany: LINDENFEST. New Wines Festival held under ancient linden tree.
"They found the corpse on the 8th of July, just after 3 o'clock in the afternoon," Roseanna, the first book in the series by Per Wahløø & Maj Sjøwall, begins.
"It was fairly well intact & couldn't have been lying in the water very long."
1520 -- New World: Battle of Otompan (Otumba, Mexico); Spaniards slay 20,000 Aztecs.
1524 -- Initial kidnapping of Indian child in New World by Verrazano, Italian explorer.
1621 -- Jean de la Fontaine lives (1621-1695), Chateau-Thierry, northern France. Poet whose 12 books of fables rank among the masterpieces of French literature. His Fables choisies mises en vers, usually called 'La Fontaine Fables' were published over the last 25 years of his life. They include some 240 poems & timeless stories of countryfolk, heroes from Greek mythology.<
1629 -- The King of Spain sends Charles I of England, an Elephant & five camels.
1693 -- New World: NYC authorizes first police uniforms in American colonies.
1822 -- All Washed Up?: British romantic poet/rebel Percy Bysshe Shelley, 29, drowns while sailing & is cremated on the beach where his body washes. Strangely, his heart will not burn. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley carries it with her in a silken shroud for the rest of her life. (Not too strange herself...)
1835 -- US: You Get What You Pay For? The Liberty Bell cracks, again.
1838 -- Count Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin lives.
1842 -- US: First anthracite coal strike in the nation.
1864 -- US: Chehalis Indian Reservation created by Executive Order, in what is now Washington State.
1867 -- Germany: Peace artist Käthe Kollwitz lives; notable for innovative technique & prints conveying social justice themes.
I do not want to die...until I have faithfully made the most of my talent & cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.
Käthe Kollwitz [Details / context / links]
1875 -- Marxist utopianist Ernst Bloch lives, Ludwigshafen, Rhineland-Palatinate. Bloch's work became very influential in the course of the student protest movements in 1968 & in liberation theology.
Daily Bleed Saint 2008-2010
Marxist philosopher of the utopian spirit of revolt.
1876 -- US: Whites & blacks stage a pitched battle in Hamburg, South Carolina. The whites were the clear winners, killing five blacks while suffering no fatalities of their own.
1885 -- V(eikko) A(ntero) Koskenniemi lives (1885-1962) surname until 1906. Finnish scholar, writer, critic, poet, one of the most prominent figures in Finnish literary until the breakthrough of modernist writers in the 1950s.
1886 -- England: Rain of snails in Cornwall.
1889 -- US: Last bareknuckle heavyweight title is fought in Richburg, Mississippi, as John L. Sullivan beats Jake Kilrain by KO in 75 rounds.
1892 -- Richard Aldington lives, Hampshire, England. Prolific writer & editor, a self-appointed guardian of European letters during the first half of the 20th century. Early in his writing he is related to the Imagist group of poets & in 1913 marries Hilda Doolittle, a leader of the group. One of his publishers was Harold Munro who opened the Poetry Bookshop in London in 1913.
1892 -- Louis Hémon, dies in a train accident near Chapleau, Ontario. French author of Maria Chapdelaine (1915), he died before publication of his most popular novel.
1896 -- US: William Jennings Bryan makes his 'cross of gold' speech at the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
1897 -- US: First senator (William Blount of Tennessee) expelled by impeachment.
1898 -- France: May Picqueray, militant activist, lives (1893-1983), Châteaubriant, Bretagne.
Editor of the newspaper "Le Réfractaire." Picqueray was sent to Moscow by her union, where she opposed the tightening Bolshevik grip & protested the repression (helping get anarchists, such as Senya Fleshin, out of prison).
She also received the famed guerrilla Nestor Makhno as a refugee in Paris, fought to save Sacco & Vanzetti, & founded the journal "Le Réfractaire."
[Details / context]
1898 -- France: A colony is founded in the Paris suburbs by anarchist Georges Butaud.
[More on colonies founded by Butaud]
1898 -- Spain: During this month Federico Urales & Soledad Gustavo begin publishing the fortnightly "Revista Blanca", in Madrid.
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1900 -- Italy: Ettore Cropalti lives (1900-1955). Shoemaker, anarchico, anti-fascist militant.
1905 -- US: Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) founding convention (Chicago, June 27-July 8) concludes. Charles O. Sherman, a former AFL organizer, is elected president. He serves for one year & before leading his faction out of the IWW over a dispute with Daniel De Leon & his supporters.
1914 -- Billy Eckstine lives, Pittsburgh, Pa. Singer with Earl "Fatha" Hines & with his own bop big band (includes Art Blakey, Gene Ammons, among others). Eckstine finally settled to a career as a solo singer.
1914 -- England: Supplementing inadequate wages through systematic theft, members of the all-women Harrow Road 'Check Skirt Gang' strike again by gaining employment at a West End pattern makers then proceeding to make off with everything that is not nailed down.
[Source: Calendar Riots]
1915 -- H.G. Wells writes Henry James: "To you literature like painting is an end, to me literature like architecture is a means, it has a use."
1915 -- Red Cross volunteer Ernest Hemingway is wounded in the trenches near Fossalta, Italy.
War is the health of the State...
It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the Government in coercing into obedience the minority groups & individuals which lack the larger herd sense...the nation in war-time attains a uniformity of feeling, a hierarchy of values culminating at the undisputed apex of the State ideal, which could not possibly be produced through any other agency than war...The State is intimately connected with war, for it is the organization of the collective community when it acts in a political manner, & to act in a political manner towards a rival group has meant, throughout all history war.
1915 -- Giovanni Papini dies. Founder of the influential Florentine literary magazine Leonardo.
1922 -- Spain: Conference in Blanes (8-10th) where the principal discussion centers on the repressive Martínez Anido, Military & Civil Governor of Barcelona, & his bloody repression of the CNT.
The union is outlawed in 1920, & large numbers of cenetista leaders are jailed or assassinated in the years following by the government's effort to destroy the CNT. The leadership of Spain's largest trade union is decimated but the union unvanquished.[Background / context / list of participants]
1923 -- France: A battle royal between Dadaists & Super-Dadaists at the Theatre Michel in Paris.
1924 -- Italy: Council of Ministers approves a decree restricting freedom of the press.
[Source: Crimini e Misfatti]
1932 -- Aleksandr Grin dies, Stary Krym, Crimea, Russia, USSR [now in Ukraine]). Soviet prose writer notable for his romantic short stories of adventure & mystery.
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1932 -- US: Depression low point of Dow Jones Industrial Average, 41.22.
1933 -- James Giblin, author / editor, lives, Ohio. Among his informational books are Chimney Sweeps & The Truth About Santa Claus. Also wrote several picture books & biographies about historical figures.
1933 -- Gay American poet Peter Orlovsky lives, Lower East Side, New York City.
1943 -- Spain: Esteban Pallarols Xirgu (aka Riera), dies, shot in Barcelona.
Militant Spanish anarcho-trade unionist. Involved in clandestine activities & first secretary on the national Committee of the CNT. One among so many, famous or anonymous, victims of pro-Franco fascist repression.
1945 -- US: Eight German POW's shot to death & 20 wounded in Salina, Utah, when prison guard Private Clarence W. Pertucci sprayed the tents of the sleeping prisoners with machine gun fire "for no apparent reason."
1956 -- Giovanni Papini, founder of the influential Florentine literary magazine "Leonardo," dies in that city.
1957 -- ¶ During this month Beatster Jack Kerouac's "A Billowy Trip in the World" is published in "New Directions 16."
1958 -- US/South Africa nuclear cooperation treaty signed. Next up, Iran? North Korea?
1959 -- Vietnam: Viet Cong guerrillas ambush two US "advisers," at Bien Hoa billets, killing Major Dale R. Buis & Master Sergeant Chester M. Ovnand, making them the first American casualties since 1946 in Vietnam.
1960 -- Italy: La polizia di stato uccide 4 persone a Palermo e Catania durante manifestazioni collegate allo sciopero generale.
[Source: Crimini e Misfatti]
1962 -- Georges Bataille, French novelist, dies in Paris. His last, posthumously published novel is Ma Mère (My Mother, 1966).
Radical French philosopher of the irrational, former Daily Bleed Saint, September 10.
"Sanity is the lot of those who are most obtuse..."
BATAILLE, Georges, (1897-1962) French essayist & novelist, who developed the theory of erotic excess. Bataille studied with the anthropologist Marcel Mauss before training as an archivist, & worked as a librarian in Lyons & at the Bibiliotheque nationale in Paris. Founded the literary review Critique in 1946. Wrote The Accursed Share (1967)
1963 -- ".... I ambush Robert Creeley outside the auditorium, talk to him about Warren, & about the 1963 Vancouver poetry conference":
... thus came Olson, Duncan, Ginsberg et al, .... deep in nostalgia, memories of San Francisco in the 1950s. McClure recalls Creeley arriving at a house in SF & asking if they had anything to drink...
"Poetry audiences," says Bobby Louise Hawkins, "are inured to pain."
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1966 -- Argentina: Antonio Casanova (1898-1966) dies, Bueno Aires. A baker, anarchist militant who fought in Spain, a founder of Federacion Anarco-Comunista Argentina (FACA).
faleceu en Bos Aires o 8 de xullo JULY de 1966, aos 68 anos. fought na 28 Division that commanded Gregorio Jover, or last do mythical terceto headed by Ascano & Durruti.
1967 -- Italy: Il poeta Allen Ginsberg, esponente della 'beat generation' viene arrestato a Spoleto per avere letto, al Festival dei due mondi, una propria poesia ritenuta oscena dai censori di stato.
[Source: Crimini e Misfatti]
1970 -- US: Taos Pueblo recover sacred Blue Lake from Federal government.
1972 -- Lebanon: Ghassan Kanafani assassinated. Author of Men In the Sun & Other Palestinian Stories, member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine & editor of it's paper, "Al-Hadaf" (The Target).
KANAFANI, Ghassan. THE 1936 - 39 REVOLT IN PALESTINE. n.p.: Committee for a Democratic Palestine, n.d. [ca. 1972]. 45p. Stapled paperback.
1973 -- France: Government declares an illegal "exclusion zone" in international waters around nuclear test site, Mururoa Atoll, South Pacific.
1975 -- Burma: Budd Lite? Quake damages over 2,000 temples in Pagan. 20-foot-high seated Buddha of Thandawgya decapitated.
Has a dog Buddha-nature?
This is the most serious question of all.
If you say yes or no,
You lose your own Buddha-nature.
1975 -- Ed Sanders, Fug & poet, lectures at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado:
"The Content of History will be Poetry."
Ed Sanders, Investigative Poetry
1980 -- US: Congress enacts the Hopi-Navajo [forced] Relocation Act to "solve" the problem of impeded access to coal deposits at Big Mountain, Arizona. Dine (Navajo) families at Big Mountain continue their resistance to this day.
1981 -- Scotland: Regional Council demands removal of all nuclear weapons & bases, Strathclyde.
1985 -- US: Religion Sells? Both "Playboy" & "Penthouse" magazines go on sale with nude pictures of Madonna. Both claim to be first on the newsstands with years-old nude photos of Madonna.
"I think they're very European," says "Playboy" spokesman Elizabeth Norris of her magazine's layout. "She has hair under her arms."
1986 -- Farthest thrown object an "Aerobie" flying ring 383 m (1,257').
1994 -- Brazil: From the 8th to the 17th the "Festival of Art & Culture Without Frontiers & Libertarian Education" held in Florianopolis. Lectures, exhibitions, performances, films & a workshop on computer networking bring together comrades from Portugal, Spain & Brazil. In addition, the second southern conference of anarchist groups & individuals is held.
1996 -- International Court of Justice declares that in almost all circumstances use of nuclear weapons is illegal.
1998 -- England: First arrests in Britain for pulling up Genetically Engineered crops. Five women pull up almost 200 plants at Model Farm, Watlington in Oxfordshire. Thames Valley Police later released the women as the owners, Monsanto, did not press charges, a public relations policy of minimum unfavorable press coverage.
1999 -- US: Microradio movement news accounts on the struggle to free the airwaves: "Race & Power at Pacifica Radio: The Future & the stakes today" CounterPunch.
[Source: Pirate Radio Kiosk]
1999 -- Tall Tale? Canterbury Tales sells for a record $7+ million, London.
1999 -- Iran: Student pro-democracy protests begin (-July 13).
2001 -- England: 120 police are injured in racial rioting, Bradford.
The free people of the lush woodlands of Kichigami were happy without an Archon. They were happy because they were free. The good uncle was told to take his gift-giving disposition to a northern land of ice or to a southern land of fire, to a place where, it was thought, he might find people who were destitute, trapped & lost.
Armored Europeans will be interested in learning if this Wiske actually existed, & when he existed.
This was not what interested the Potawatomi. Wiske existed in the present. The story was reenacted in songs & dances, at ceremonies & festivals. Wiske was always a member of the community & he was always exiled...
Part-human, part-beast, & possessing the Leviathanic virtue of existing forever, Wiske the gift-giver reappeared in the jokes as the long-eared, long-membered & long-tailed Trickster, forever setting traps for animals & people & forever trapping himself.
Jokes were for laughs. Linear events, namely unexpected disruptions of life's rhythms, were usually funny. Sometimes they were tragic.
If the tragedy was repeated, then the event was not linear but rhythmic, & it was already known. Rhythms were grasped with symbols & expressed with music. Musical knowledge was knowledge of the important, the deep, the living. The music of myth expressed the symphony of rhythms that constituted the Cosmos.
Fredy Perlman, Against His-story, Against Leviathan!
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