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Remember that breakfast one November —
Cold black grapes smelling faintly
Of the cork they were packed in,
Hard rolls with hot, white flesh,
& thick, honey sweetened chocolate?
& the parties at night; the gin & the tangos?
The torn hair nets, the lost cuff links?
French pointillist painter, anarchiste, contributor to the magazine Temps Nouveaux.
VINALIA: feast of the Graeco-Roman wine-&-wildness god, Bacchus.
MARTINMAS, one of four "quarter days" in Old England when rents were paid. As celebration there was feasting & drinking. Also called the "TEAR-STOMACH DAY."
Martin was the patron of beggars, tavern keepers & wine growers, probably because his day coincides with the ancient
"FEAST OF DIONYSUS."
Netherlands: ELEVEN ELEVEN ELEVEN DAY.
Tradition says 11 is the number of fools. On the 11th day of the 11th month a council of 11 begins organizing the next year's carnival, "so anyone can be as foolish as he or she cares to be for those three days."
REMEMBRANCE DAY. (Australia, Canada, etc).
US: VETERAN'S DAY.
"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people."
— Howard Zinn
INTERNATIONAL ANARCHY DAY
(Anniversary of the execution of the Haymarket Martyrs).
Like Hidalgo, Morelos was born in the country of the tarascos, the mountain ranges of Michoacán where the Basque bishop of Quiroga had created, two centuries ago, its communist utopia — regions of redemption later destroyed by the plagues & the forced-work of thousands of Indians thrown into the mines of Guanajuato.
Tortured Russian genius, writer, gambler, edge-liver. Daily Bleed Patron Saint 1998.
"The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God & devil are fighting there, & the battlefield is the heart of man."
Kenneth Rexroth describes Dostoyevsky as a “man of many messages, a man in whom the flesh was always troubled & sick & whose head was full of dying ideologies — at last the sun in the sky, the hot smell of a woman, the grass on the earth, the human meat on the bone, the farce of death” — from his book Classics Revisited.
NAT TURNER 1997 & 2008 SAINT.
Slavery? The Chains of the Law have been broken!
Nat Turner, leader of a bloody slave revolt three months before. A slave & educated minister, believed himself chosen by God to lead his people out of slavery.
On August 21, Nat Turner initiated a violent slave uprising by killing his owner Joseph Travis & Travis's family. Within the next 24 hours, Turner & an estimated 70 followers rampaged through Southampton County, Virginia, killing close to 60 whites, while attempting to incite other slaves into revolt. Militia & federal troops were called to Southampton County, & the uprising suppressed with over 100 African Americans being hanged – many non-participants in the revolt.
I have checked a used book — your stock in trade, I believe. It is in fact a very well used book, the 1961 edition, revised & enlarged, of John Rewald's basic book on Impressionism...
" . . .all were committed to the extreme left. Political matters were of grave concern to them, & their convictions were . . . inseparable from their works."
John Rewald, Post Impressionism
— Wild Bill Koehnline
(Only Bleedster who was president of Oakton College & only Bleedster with an art museum named in his honor, the William A. Koehnline Museum)
[Signac was the last painter to join the Impressionist group before it dissolved... Wild Bill's email on Paul Signac & selected associates (Seurat, Paul Adam, Félix Fénéon, Lucien Pissarro), click here]
Mark Twain hated those — especially "Colonel Mustard" (Arthur Evans) — who belittled Norton. Twain worked next door to Norton's pathetic flophouse & saw the man nearly every day.
Later in life, Twain hinted to others something of the torment that Joshua Norton suffered & the cruelty others showed him. Upon hearing of the Emperor's death, Twain wrote to his editor, William Howells, suggesting that the Emperor would make a fine subject for a book. & a fit of writer's block removed itself & Twain was able to complete two novels: Huckleberry Finn which featured a lost Dauphin & The Prince & the Pauper, a story of confused identities.
Through these, he paid homage to the man he'd known.
Prosecutors never found evidence they threw the bomb & so the police chief fabricated evidence for the trial of the Haymarket "Massacre" defendants.
250,000 people line Chicago's streets during Parson's funeral procession. The executions elicits an international outcry.
"Every anarchist hole was entered & the assassins in some instances were dragged from their beds."
Several books deal with the Haymarket Tragedy & Governor John P. Altgeld's pardons. Although more than 60 years old, Harry Barnard's classic Altgeld biography, Eagle Forgotten, is still the best. A more recent study of the events surrounding Haymarket & its aftermath is Paul Avrich's The Haymarket Tragedy. Ray Ginger's Altgeld's America is highly readable & informative.
1911 -- Portugal: Primer congreso Anarquista portugués celebrado en Porto, (11 al 13 de Noviembre).
1912 -- US: 25th anniversary of the Haymarket Martyrs in New York, sponsored by more than a dozen anarchist & labor organizations. Emma Goldman is one of the speakers in this major commemoration.
1914 -- Howard Fast screenwriter (Rachel & the Stranger; Spartacus), communist, publisher, novelist, McCarthy/HUAC victim, lives. Link to very fine page dedicated to Howard Fast,
1914 -- US: 27th anniversary of the death of the Haymarket Martyrs held in Chicago, where Emma Goldman participates in the commemoration.
"The police followed the retreating anarchists & sent deadly volleys into their midst."
1915 -- Claude Clark, Sr. lives, near Rockingham, Georgia. Renowned artist whose studies of urban life & social realism were widely exhibited, including NY World's Fair of 1939, the Sorbonne, Hidden Heritage: Afro-American Art 1800-1950 & Two Centuries of Black American Art.
1918 -- WWI comes to an end. 8.5 million dead, 21 million wounded, 7.5 million prisoners & missing...plus a worldwide influenza epidemic kills 22 million by 1920. Participating governments may stand tall & proud, they have done well what they do best. "The War That Ended All Wars" (Part 1! .... hundreds of sequels soon, at a country near you, with improved body counts & more thorough devastation.
At 11:01am the Great War ended as Germany, bereft of manpower, supplies & food, signed an armistice agreement. The war's toll were 10 million dead (6 million of them civilians), 21 million wounded & 7 1/2 million taken prisoner or missing in action. Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France & Great Britain each lost a million or more lives, & American forces count 115,000 dead. The estimated cost of the war was 232 trillion dollars...
11 Novembre. Armistizio con la Germania e conclusione della prima guerra mondiale. Secondo le cifre ufficiali la guerra ha provocato almeno 680.000 morti tra i combattenti italiani.
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1918 -- 11th hour / 11th day / 11th month... Thu, 11 Nov 1999
From: — Bleedster Flames
[Once again, my traditional 11/11 post]
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
the guns finally stopped firing.
The young men who had been sent there by the old men back home could finally raise their heads above the mud for the first time in four years & look out across the shell-churned fields at the other young men, not 500 yards away, who stared numbly back at them.
A minute before the other men had been enemies & now they were not. Many of the men in this trench had never particuarly felt like the men in the other trench were enemies, but the old men back home had said that they were, so that's what they were.
1918 -- Victor Adler, Austrian Social Democratic leader, dies one day before socialists oust Hapsburg dynasty. He is succeeded by Otto Bauer & Frederich Adler.
Hugo Pratt & Corto Maltese Tribute Site
On this day, November 11, 1918, Corto is in his home in Hong-Kong after learning of the end of the Great War 1918. Raspoutine turned up shortly afterward, elegantly attired in a Burberry & impatient to begin new adventures. A Chinese secret society, the Red Lanterns, directed the pair to Shangai...
Also on this day, exactly one year ago, on November 11, 1917, Lady Rowena Welsh, is shot in England as a German spy.
1919 -- US: American Legion (armed "patriots") attacks & destroys IWW labor hall, kill five; the upstanding citizens kidnap, torture, castrate & lynch Wesley Everest, a WWI veteran & IWW organizer, Centralia, Washington (see also Everett Massacre, 5 November 1916 for another fine chapter in American History not taught in history classes).
The very existence of the State demands that there be some privileged class vitally interested in maintaining that existence. & it is precisely the group interests of that class that are called patriotism.
— Michael Bakunin, "Letters on Patriotism," 1869
1922 -- Novelist Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. lives, Indianapolis. His novel Slaughterhouse Five) is based on his experiences as a prisoner-of-war at Dresden, & its total destruction in 1945. Vonnegut uses fantasy & science fiction to highlight the horrors & absurdities of 20th century "civilization."
Daily Bleed Patron Saint, 2008-2010
Beloved American novelist, sardonic social critic.
"This is what I find most encouraging about the writing trades: They allow mediocre people who are patient & industrious to revise their stupidity."
— Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Tiger got to hunt— Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle
Bird got to fly
Man got to sit & wonder "Why, why, why?"
Tiger got to sleep,
Bird got to land,
Man got to tell himself he understand.
The Books of Bokonon
No damn cat, & no damn cradle.
1924 -- Spanish psychiatrist & novelist, Luis Martin-Santos, lives, Larache. From 1951 until his death, he directed the Psychiatric Sanatorium in San Sebastian. In 1962, he published Tiempo de silencio ("Time of Silence"), a novel often compared in structure & style to James Joyce's Ulysses.
1924 -- Eugene O'Neill play "Desire Under the Elms" opens in NY (208 performances).
1925 -- London: Dick Sheppard arranges Memorial service to replace Victory Ball, Albert Hall.
1925 -- Discovery of cosmic rays is announced.
1925 -- Funnyman Jonathan Winters lives, Dayton Ohio.
1925 -- Louis Armstrong records first of Hot Five & Hot Seven jazz recordings.
1927 -- Mose Allison, jazz artist ("Parchman's Farm," "Back Country Suite"), lives.
1928 -- Seattle's jazz great Ernestine Anderson lives, Houston, Texass. Her intro to jazz singing is at age 12 at the Eldorado Ballroom in Houston. Performs with Russell Jaquet, Johnny Otis, & Lionel Hampton. Known for her warm, blues-influenced vocals. Helps revitalize Seattle jazz scene at Jazz Alley in the 80 & 90s.
1928 -- Novelist Carlos Fuentes lives.
1929 -- Hans Magnus Enzensberger, German poet, radical critic, lives.
"Armistice Day. November the 11th is Armistice Day. It was then the cruel war was over. We keep this day in honor of our soldiers. They went over sea to fight for our country. We must remember what they did for us.
We must be good & brave girls & boys.
We must learn all we can & grow up to be brave & good women & men.
Then we too can guard our country well."
— School primer, written by Mack Dickey
1933 -- International Labor Defense (ILD) makes public affidavits quoting more than 500 residents of Morgan County, Alabama – revealing preparations for lynching the Scottsboro boys, their witnesses, & their lawyers.
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1933 -- US: "Great Black Blizzard" — first great dust storm in the Great Plains.
He helped scoop up laundry, rugs & chairs & throw them into the house in awkward bundles. With the last load in his arms Harley turned back to the house, but now the sky was almost coal black. He was only a few feet from the porch yet had to fall to his hands & knees & crawl before he could find the house.
1933 -- France: In Paris, at a Yiddish meeting she addresses, Emma Goldman learns from German refugees about the growing horrors in Nazi Germany.
Comrades of Cataluna! In your hour of trial when you hold the barricades not only for yourselves but for us all, I greet you with the voice of revolutionary Ireland, smothered awhile but destined to regain its strength. I hold myself honoured to be among you, to serve if I can in whatever capacity I can be most useful.
— J. R. White (Captain Jack White, founder of the Irish Citizens Army, became one of the ‘The Uncontrollables’ while fighting in Spain), CNT-AIT Boletin de Informacion. No. 15, November 11th 1936
1937 -- Saïl Mohamed (algérien et pionnier de la lutte anti-coloniale) participe au congrès de l’Union anarchiste, dans leque il intervient pour rappeler les conditions de lutte en Espagne. Lucien Feuilllade, qui a retranscrit les propos de cette séance du congrès, a remplacé les propos de Saïl, qui comme à son habitude utilise des termes crus : « Pour avoir un fusil, j’aurais léché le cul d’un garde mobile », par « ..., j’aurais fait toutes les concessions ». (Le Libertaire n’ 575, 11 novembre 1937).
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1942 -- Germany completes its occupation of France.
1948 -- With a one-way ticket James Baldwin, a gay African American novelist who frequented anarchist circles in New York City, 24, sails for Europe.
1948 -- France: Congrès de la Fédération anarchiste held in Lyon (11-14th).
1949 -- France: Congrès international anarchiste (11-19th) in Paris.
1953 -- US: Beloved Comrade TailGunLeader Joe McCarthy calls former Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Hank Truman "a liar" & said he "deliberately, knowingly...appointed, promoted, & advanced a Communist" spy.
1956 -- Hungary: Armed resistance is crushed throughout the country, including the industrial suburbs of Budapest, where it lasts longest. Passive resistance begins, a nationwide General Strike which lasts five days.
See Peter Fryer, The Hungarian Tragedy; Andy Anderson, Hungary '56; & The Hungarian Workers' Revolution by the Syndicalist Workers' Federation.
1959 -- US: First episode of "Rocky & His Friends" airs. Bullwinkle, et al.
1967 -- Vietnam: Three US POWs returned by North Vietnam. Tom Hayden & 30 Americans had met with North Vietnamese in Czechoslovakia in September. He then went on to N. Vietnam & helped effect their release today.
1968 -- John Lennon & Yoko Ono appear bare-assed neked on the cover of "2 Virgins" album.
Bob Dylan novel, Tarantula, published.
Bob Dylan was launched on his scavenger-like career by good old Dave Van Ronk — an important & seminal songster (& an anarchist & Wobbly) — who is perhaps better-known to today's youngsters for this feat than than for his own music.
1970 -- France: Declaration by Guy Debord, René Riesel & René Viénet announcing the formation of a tendency within the Situationist International.
[...] As for us here, we can take part in the SI only if we don’t need it. We must first of all be self-sufficient; then, secondarily, we may lucidly combine our specific (and specified) desires & possibilities for a collective action which, on that condition, may be the correct continuation of the SI...
— Guy Debord, 28 January 1971
1971 -- Vietnam: US pulling out of Vietnam under Nixon's "Vietnamization" withdrawal program. On this date 188,300 US soldiers are in Vietnam.
1971 -- English novelist, playwright, poet, politician, & author of more than 50 books, A. P. [Alan Patrick] Herbert, famous for his witty championing of minority causes, dies in London. A graduate in law at Oxford, a veteran of World War I, his first literary success was The Secret Battle (1919), a story of frontline warfare. A witty lyricist, he wrote many highly successful comic operas & musicals.
1975 -- Marty May (Fireball Fun For All), dies at 79.
1977 -- Korea: A drunk guard leaves a candle burning on a train carrying 33 tons of dynamite in the Iri, South Korea train station; the blast damages 70% of the city's buildings & kills 57.
1982 -- US: Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated in Washington, DC.
The memorial was designed by Maya Ying Lin, a young Asian American woman who, as a Yale undergraduate, submitted the winning entry among more than 1,400 participants. The monument consists of two walls of black, polished granite sliced into a hill side, leaving an impression that the monument is buried. Engraved on the stone are the names of the 58,000 US soldiers who died in Vietnam. Today's dedication ceremony is attended by thousands of veterans, their families & friends.
Fittingly, & in character, no representatives of the administrations that conducted the war show up.
In the manner of the “Old War Prayer":
Fuck’em all but nine —
Six for pallbearers
Two for roadguards
And one to count cadence.
For reference, Recollection Books maintains a Vietnam War-related checklist of nearly 5,000 books, online at,
1982 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Pres. Ronnie Reagan claims the US antinuclear movement is foreign-inspired.
1982 -- A truce is signed between the Spanish village of Huescar & Denmark (Huescar had declared war on Denmark in 1809).
1986 -- Poland: 21 arrested on Armistice Day peace march, Krakow.
1987 -- Van Gogh's "Irises" set a record for a painting sold at auction – $53.9 million; painted in 1889 after he entered a mental asylum.
1989 -- Bulgaria: Communist regime surrenders power.
1989 -- US: Navy planes bomb a California campsite & injure one camper. One less terrorist terrorizing the fauna.
1990 -- US: NY Times says FBI still has an active file on "subversive" Pablo Picasso.
1991 -- US: "Doonesbury" begins a series of strips about Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader VP Quayle's drug use.
1999 -- Bye Now, Pay Later?: Only 50 shopping days left until Y2K.
1999 -- Argentina: Jacobo Timerman dies. Journalist, author, editor & publisher of La Opinión since 1971, arrested by military authorities. Critical of the government & military during the "Dirty Little War," he was tortured in prison — chronicled in his book, Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number. Released in 1979, he astutely got out of the country while the getting was good.
2000 -- US: Florida, Re-vote early, re-vote re-often. There are a lot nobodies running & ready to lie, cheat & steal the election.
"The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return."
— Gore Vidal
2002 -- Italy: 500,000 in anti-war protest in Florence; "Peace activists pledged on Sunday to stage..." (Luke Baker, Reuters, November 11, 2002)
2007 -- "The Outsiders of New Orleans: Loujon Press" premieres in Denver, Colorado. Wayne Ewing's film about Jon & "Gypsy" Lou Webb, founders of New Orleans' Loujon Press & early publishers of Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, Henry Miller, Allen Ginsberg & others. Showing coincides with the release of Jeff Weddle's book Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider & Loujon Press.
In 1960, Jon Edgar & Louise "Gypsy Lou" Webb founded Loujon Press on Royal Street in New Orleans's French Quarter. Webb was former swindler who became a littérateur bankrolling his printing ventures with his Vegas winnings.
The hyena with polished face & bow tie,
In the office of a billion dollar
Corporation devoted to service;
The vulture dripping with carrion,
Carefully & carelessly robed in imported tweeds,
Lecturing on the Age of Abundance;
The jackal in the double-breasted gabardine,
Barking by remote control,
In the United Nations...
The Superego in a thousand uniforms,
You, the finger man of the behemoth,
The murderer of the young men...
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