Our Daily Bleed...
"Any person who has had the following dream. You are in a subway station of a major city. At the far end you see a coffee machine. You put in two coins. The Holy Grail drops down. Then blood pours into the chalice."
"The person who borrowed my Martin Beck thriller, read it in a sauna which melted the glue off the spine so the pages drifted to the floor, stapled them together & returned the book, thinking I wouldn't notice."
— Michael Ondaatje, Elimination Dance
"The Red Prince," Russian anarchist theorist.
Patzcuaro, Mexico: FIESTA OF THE MOTHER OF HEALTH. Fishermens' Fiesta, with much dancing, clowning & fireworks.
& this reminder, lest things are going too well in your life, this is:
NATIONAL INDIGESTION SEASON.
INTERNATIONAL (GOVERNMENT) ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY. Yup.
Float like a butterfly sting like a bee!
Once, when being upbraided by Cardinal Wolsey he quipped,
"I pray, your grace, to let me lie down & wallow,
for I can kneel no longer."
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1531 -- México: Virgin of Guadalupe appears to an Indian boy.
1570 -- Geuzen under Herman de Ruyter occupies Loevestein.
1608 -- British "Paradise Lost": epic writer John Milton lives, Bread Street, Cheapside, London. The "Prince of Poets" also wrote First Defense of the English People, justifying the execution of Charles I.
On his birthday in 1631 he wrote: "How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth,/ Stoltn on his wing my three-and-twentieth year!"
After completing his First Defense of the English People, he went blind at 43. Alfred, Lord Tennyson later apostrophizes the author of Paradise Lost: "O mighty-mouth'd inventor of harmonies, /O skill'd to sing of Time or Eternity,/God-gifted organ-voice of England, / Milton, a name to resound for ages."
1640 -- New Old World: Settler Hugh Bewitt is banished from colony of Massachusetts when he declares himself to be free of original sin. Much like the Old World.
1777 -- England: Reverend Benjamin Russen executed at Tyburn, for rape.
1801 -- German writer Johann Gottfried Seume starts his tour on foot from Saxony, crosses the Alps & walks through Italy to Sicily. His return trip takes him through Switzerland & even to Paris. The whole trip takes only eight months & results in Spaziergang nach Syrakus im Jahre (A Stroll to Syracuse).
"While the anarchists may have mad & brainless individuals in their ranks, the socialists have an abundance of cowards. For this reason I care as much for one as the other."
Russian revolutionist, anarchist, landmark geographer.
The Prince who shunned material wealth.
In the Encyclopedia Britannica (for which he wrote the "anarchy" definition in the famed 11th edition) Kropotkin describes himself:
"Although he achieved renown in a number of different fields, ranging from geography & zoology to sociology & history, he shunned material success for the life of a revolutionist."
1854 -- Alfred Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade published six weeks after the Battle of Balaclava.
1868 -- Italy: Paolo Lega lives (1868-??). In 1894 the young anarchist attempts to shoot Francesco Crispi, président du conseil Italien. The bullet lodged in Crispi's car rather than Crispi; Lega was arrested & did 20-years in prison for his poor aim.
Source: Ephéméride anarchiste
1869 -- US: Knights of Labor founded in Philadelphia, as a secret society open to all members of the producing classes except "parasites" including stockbrokers, gamblers, & lawyers. Founded by Uriah Stevens & five other garment workers. Stevens, a tailor who once studied for the Baptist ministry, leads the order.
1889 -- US: The Press expedition arrives in Port Angeles to begin exploring the Olympic Mountains (Washington State).
1889 -- US: First issue of Golden Argosy magazine is published.
1892 -- George Bernard Shaw play "Widowers' Houses" premiers, London.
1893 -- France: Auguste Vaillant throws a small bomb into the Chamber of Deputies. A symbolic gesture, meant to wound rather than kill, Vaillant is condemned to death, & guillotined February 5, 1894. The deputies use the event to suppress the anarchists & their presses.