Our Daily Bleed...
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,
& 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,
& one is One, free in the tearing wind.
— Theodore Roethke, "In a Dark Time," (1964)
French Marxist theorist of the pleasure of the text.
OLD TEUTONIC YULE FEAST.
USA: NATIONAL PIZZA WITH THE WORKS EXCEPT ANCHOVIES DAY.
— Wrassler Jesse "The Body" Ventura after winning Governorship of Minnesota
"There are people who think that wrestling is an ignoble sport. Wrestling is not sport, it is a spectacle, & it is no more ignoble to attend a wrestled performance of suffering than a performance of the sorrows of Arnolphe or Andromaque."
1035 -- Canute "The Great," King of the Great Danes (1016-1035), dies at 41.
1381 -- Adolphes, Count of Cleves, founds "Brotherhood of Fools." & you know who you are.
1642 -- England: Plebeians force the retreat of King Charles I from London.
Source: 'Calendar Riots'
1651 -- Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, poet, scholar, & nun, lives, San Miguel, Nepantla, Mexico. Intellectual prodigy who learned Latin in 20 lessons. The outstanding lyric poet of Mexico's colonial period before giving up contact with the outside world & devoting herself exclusively to religious duties. Her most famous poem is "Hombres necios que acussés" ("Foolish Men Who Accuse [Women]")."God bless the woman who won't have you, no matter how loud you complain."
1660 -- John Bunyan arrested for preaching without a license.
1769 -- Amelia Opie, lives Norwich. British novelist & poet best known for her work Father & Daughter, which influenced the development of the 19th-century popular novel.
1779 -- US: 20 slaves petition New Hampshire's legislature to abolish slavery. They argue that "the god of nature gave them life & freedom upon the terms of most perfect equality with other men; that freedom is an inherent right of the human species, not to be surrendered but by consent."
1788 -- México: Impermanence?: Mexican Governor Fernando de la Concha recommends that Navajo establish themselves in permanent villages. 75 years later, under US jurisdiction, the US
terroristsArmy begins to burn those villages.
1815 -- US: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, feminist (Eighty Years & More) lives, Johnston, New York. With Susan B. Anthony & Matilda Joslyn Gage she compiles first three volumes of History of Woman Suffrage.
1820 -- Poet William Hayley, biographer of Romney, Milton & Cowper, dies. Patron & friend of artists including William Blake.
1845 -- France: Jules Guesde lives. Socialist politician, at the International Congress in London, August 1886,he voted for the expulsion of the anarchists. It was in reference to Guesde & Paul Lafargue, both claiming to represent "Marxist" principles, that Marx proclaimed "I am not a Marxist". Served as minister of portfolio during the First World War.
1871 -- Switzerland: The anarchist Jura Federation adopts a constitution designed to counter the Marxist influence within the First International.
Comment voudrait-on qu'une société égalitaire et libre sortît d'une organisation autoritaire? C'est impossible. L'internationale, embryon de la future société humaine est tenue d'être, dès maintenant, l'image fidèle de nos principes de liberté et de fédération, et de rejeter de son sein tout principe tendant à l'autorité et à la dictature."
1888 -- London: Police battle unemployed demonstrators, Trafalgar Square. (or '87?, or 13th?)
1895 -- Argentina: Premier numéro du journal Le Cyclone, Buenos-Aires . Organe Communiste Anarchiste (en langue française). Seuls quelques numéros (tirés à 2 mille exemplaires) verront le jour. Dans le n°1 et le n°2 (du 8 décembre 1895), un Manifeste des Groupes socialistes ralliés à l'anarchisme, et également dans le n°2 cette "Marseillaise Anarchiste" crée à Buenos-Aires en 1893. Extrait:Graphic: Le cyclone, logo (image retouchée); courtesy Ephéméride Anarchiste
1907 -- Description of Anarchistical Meeting, 1907 Nov. 12, Ellis Island, N.Y. [cover page] Reel 56.
1908 -- France: 33-year-old Albert Libertad (aka Albert Joseph), a one-legged street orator, dies.
1908 -- Oskar Strauss operetta "The Chocolate Soldier" premiers in Wien (based on George Bernard Shaw's "Arms & the Man").
Source: [Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
First Movie Stunt: Man jumps
1912 -- Spain: In Madrid anarquista Manuel Pardiñas assassinates Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Presidente José Canalejas, then commits suicide. In September Canalejas broke a railroad strike by militarizing the railwaymen. See the short (5 minute) two-part film "Asesinato y entierro de Don José Canalejas" (silent film released in 1912), consisting of a fictional representation of the assassination & a real-life filming of the funeral.
1915 -- Semi(otic)- driver?: French literary critic Roland Barthes lives, Cherbourg, Manche, France.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2004
Last bourgeois Marxist literary critic of France.
1915 -- Haiti: Government approves a treaty making it a US
1917 -- Russia: Nov 12-14 Elections to the Constituent Assembly. Socialist Revolutionaries are the largest party.
1918 -- Russia: First general conference of the Confederation Nabat, anarchist organizations of the Ukraine (12-16th).
[Details / context]
1918 -- It's a busy day for "peace-loving" US: Marines begin fighting in Haiti; Marines begin fighting in Managua, Nicaragua (-Aug. 3, 1925); Marines begin fighting in the Dominican Republic (-Sept. 1924).
1919 -- William Faulkner poem "Cathay" is printed in "The Mississippian."
1920 -- Haiti: President of Haiti, unhappy with way US "administrators" (appointed after Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Wilson sent Marines to Haiti in 1915 to "protect US interests") are (mis)conducting his country's affairs, asks for Congressional investigation.
1920 -- George Bernard Shaw play "Heartbreak House" premiers, NY.
1921 -- US: Disarmament conference opens, Washington D.C. Yep.
1923 -- Emma Goldman's manuscript published this month under the title My Disillusionment in Russia; the last twelve chapters have been cut without her permission.
1924 -- England: Among Emma Goldman's speaking engagements this month is a talk before the American Students Club at Oxford University.
"The greatest right in the world is the right to be wrong."
— Harry Weinberger
1926 -- US: Drinks on the House? First civilian airplane bombing in US occurs when private plane drops three explosives on Charlie Birger's (Birger, aka the "Scourge of Egypt") Southern Illinois farmhouse in a feud between rival beer & rum factions. Barnstorming, indeed.
1927 -- Russia: Leon Trotsky is expelled from Soviet Communist Party; Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Uncle Joe Stalin becomes undisputed king of the hill.
1929 -- German novelist Thomas Mann receives the Nobel Prize for literature.
1933 -- First known photo of Loch Ness monster (or some other politician-like thingie) is taken.
1935 -- Poet Theodore Roethke hospitalized after spending the night in the Michigan woods, where he shares a mystical experience with a tree & learns the secret of ballet dancer Nijinsky.
Roethke (RET-key; rymes with Teddy). Patron of the Blue Moon Tavern, where he & his students sucked suds & wrote poetry in Seattle.
And everything comes to One,
As we dance on, dance on, dance on.
— Theodore Roethke
1936 -- Nobel Prize for literature is awarded to American author Eugene O'Neill.
1937 -- Francis Vielé-Griffin (1864-1937) dies. American-born French poet who became an important figure in the French Symbolist movement. Francis Vielé-Griffin écrit dans La Phalange:
« La littérature depuis bien des années, s’était murée dans sa Tour d’Ivoire, désormais, elle se mêlerait activement aux problèmes quotidiens ».
See "Symbolisme et anarchie", http://raforum.info/article.php3?id_article=2340
1939 -- Canadian-born Chinese revolutionist Norman Bethune, 40, dies on the front lines, of gangrene, Heibei, China.
NORMAN BETHUNE 1997 PATRON SAINT
Canadian-born activist in support of Chinese Revolution.
1940 -- France: Jacky Toublet lives (1940-2002). French anarcho-syndicalist, militant, son of Julien Toublet, director of the weekly Le Monde Libertaire.
1941 -- US: Fifteen Japanese American businessmen & community leaders in Los Angeles Little Tokyo are picked up in an F.B.I. raid.
1946 -- México: Elisa Acuña (1887-1946) dies on this Tuesday, México City.
Professor, journalist, anarquista.
1947 -- Hungarian-born novelist, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, dies, London. The Scarlet Pimpernel, set in the times of the French Revolution, remains her most popular work.
1948 -- Japan: Prime minister, General Tojo sentenced to death following WWII.
1955 -- US: A football game between Washington State & San Jose State — played in near-zero temperature — is attended by only one paying fan.
Don't know why they didn't record the exact temperature, or whether it was fahrenheit or centigrade, or even kelvin.
— Richard Meltzer, Culture, (Straight Arrow Books, 1972) p70.
1955 -- Sci-Fi author L. Sprague de Camp is elected royal chronicler of the Hyborian Legion.
1955 -- Date returned to in "Back to the Future" & "Back to the Future II."
1956 -- Vladimir Nabokov completes the afterward to his novel Lolita.
1960 -- US: Mercury-Redstone 1 test launch fails at 10 cm altitude.
1962 -- Belgium: Sixth Conference of the Situationist International in Anvers (November 12 to 16).
Michèle Bernstein, Guy Debord, Attila Kotànyi, Uwe Lausen, J.V. Martin, Jan Strijbosch, Raoul Vaneigem. Suppression of the national sections: the SI is to be considered as a unified center with an equal level of theoretical & practical participation by all. The SI's practical work is divided into five geographical sections to constitute an anti-NATO. Designation of a new Central Council composed of Bernstein, Debord, Kotànyi, Lausen, Martin, Strijbosch, Alexander Trocchi & Vaneigem. J.V. Martin holds a conference at Århus University.
1966 -- Skin, Bro?: Donovan's "Mellow Yellow" is released. He wrote the song as under the influence of "smoking banana skins."
1966 -- Hells Angels' motorcycle gang dance at Sokol Hall, 739 Page St. in Frisco. Grateful Dead perform.
1968 -- US: Supreme Court voids Arkansas law banning teaching of evolution in public schools.
Alabama continues warning high school students evolution is 'controversial'
Nov 9, 2001 (!)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - There was plenty of debate when Alabama began putting stickers in its students' biology textbooks warning that evolution is a "controversial theory."...
1969 -- Russia: Soviet Writers Union expels novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (reported).
1970 -- 200 nuns, priests & lay persons meet to discuss the meaning for religion of the feminist movement, Garrison, NY.
1970 -- The Doors perform their last concert with Jim Morrison as lead singer, New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971 -- US: Berkeley City Council votes to provide symbolic sanctuary for Vietnam War draft resisters.
1972 -- US: Chicano protesters storm the Seattle City Council after it rejects a lease for a proposed Chicano community center on the unused Beacon Hill School site. The site is later approved as El Centro de la Raza.
1976 -- US: Texass removes the "American Heritage Dictionary" & five others from its approved high-school textbook list for "obscenity."
1980 -- US: New York City Mayor Ed Koch admits to trying marijuana, "like everyone else."
1980 -- Outer Space: Voyager I edges within 78,000 miles of Saturn. Cameras beam pictures 950 million miles back to California, where scientists are stunned. The photographed objects confound all known laws of physics. Saturn had not four, but hundreds of rings. The rings appeared to dance, buckle & interlock in ways never thought possible.
1982 -- US: Zonker talks about Hashish in a sandbox, sparking a lot of criticism (Doonesbury).
1983 -- US: Washington, D.C.: 25,000 protest invasion of Grenada & US intervention in Central America.
1984 -- End of a primitive. Chester Himes, hollerin', lets go. African-American author, nearly 50 (like Raymond Chandler) when he began writing detective novels.
1984 -- US: A Plowshares protest targets Silo Pruning Hooks, a Minuteman II nuclear-missile silo in Knob Noster, Mo.
After using a jackhammer & air-compressor to damage the silo lid, protesters Carl & Paul Kabat, Larry Cloud Morgan & Helen Woodson offer a Eucharist, then leave behind a Biblical & Native American indictment of the US government.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares & their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation. Neither shall they learn war anymore.
— Isaiah 2:4, 4-5
1984 -- France: Body-Less? Marcel Body dies. French typographer.
Marcel Body was an anarchiste writer, founder of La Vérité, & gathered the oppositional circle Union des Travailleurs Révolutionnaires around this periodical.
"Pessimism is for man as winter is with nature. Yet the worst cold never prevented spring from returning, nor the summer to mature the harvests, & most abundant always will be those of strong men & free spirits... "
— Marcel Body, Un piano en bouleau de Carélie
[Details / context]
1987 -- Too Sly?: Sly Stone shows up over an hour late for his "comeback" concert in Los Angeles. When he gets there he is arrested for nonpayment of child support.
1990 -- France: 200,000 Paris school children riot for better education.
1990 -- US: Trainites attacked in Denver during a meeting held to expose Puritan Foods.
Inspired by the books of one Austin Train, the Trainites act on two levels: living the right life, eating only natural food, etc. as well as fighting physically. They are fighting an uphill battle, but finally, things begin to change.
1990 -- Germany: Police evict three homeless squats in the Pfarrstrasse & the Cotheniusstrasse. Following protest actions in the Friedrichshain neighborhood, water cannons begin to spray 12 squatted houses in the Mainzerstrasse. A riot starts & last into the night, forcing the police to retreat.
1991 -- East Timor: Occupying Indonesian troops murder 150 nonviolent demonstrators in Santa Cruz Massacre, in Dili.
1997 -- England: Six East Timorese & three British supporters arrested at British Aerospace factory in a protest of export of arms to Indonesia. Warton.
James Laughlin dies. THE KITCHEN CLOCK
How can we make it run backwards,
That taciturn white circle with
Its torpid black hands? We only
Touch the hands when standard
Time comes to shorten or daylight
Saving to lengthen our days. That
Clock is lazy; I'd like to throw
Eggs at it. But I don't want it
To go forward faster, as if it
Were drawn by death. Let it run
Gently backwards, pausing to
Greet happy times again: the
Day when the schoolboy wrote
His first poem; the day when
The first jonquil bloomed in
His little garden; the day when
His father tossed him into the
Lake without water-wings to
Prove to him he could swim.
"En arriere, ruckwaerts" & "in
Dietro;" those are your orders,
Lazy clock, until the spring
Breaks & it doesn't matter
What you do anymore.
James Laughlin, 83, Publisher of Revolutionary Writers
The New York Times. Friday, November 14, 1997
By MEL GUSSOW
James Laughlin, the fiercely independent publisher, editor & poet, who, as the founder & longtime head of New Directions, published many of the most consequential & revolutionary writers of his time, died Wednesday on the way to Sharon Hospital from his home in Norfolk, Conn. He was 83.
2000 -- US: Florida. Vote counting goes on. There are so few voters one might wonder why it takes so long.
2005 -- France: In Marseille, "Centre International de Recherches sur l'Anarchisme" (CIRA) celebrates its 40th birthday & also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the famous trial of Alexandre Marius Jacob.
"To be stupid, selfish, & have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost."
— Gustave Flaubert
Visit the complete Daily Bleed Calendar
The Daily Bleed is freely produced by Recollection Used Books
Over 2 million a'mopers & a'gawkers since May 2005