But a rude heap together hrl'd...
— Andrew Marvell
Daily Bleed, in full,
DECEMBER 8 -- DIEGO RIVERA
Great Mexican muralist, Marxist, agit-prop conspirator.
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION.
TAKE IT IN THE HEAD DAY. Just another day, eh?
1767 -- In a London, England cemetery:
Here lies Ann Mann,
Who lived an old maid
But died an old Mann.
Dec. 8, 1767
1792 -- First official (white guy) cremation in US,
Henry Laurens is toast.
1828 -- Joseph Dietzgen, socialist, lives.
Important socialist theorist whose writings
exerted considerable influence on the workers'
movement. Wrote The Nature of Human
1832 -- Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson lives. Norwegian writer,
editor, & theatre director, known with Henrik Ibsen,
Alexander Kielland & Jonas Lie as one of the "four
great ones" of 19th century Norwegian literature.
Awarded Nobel Prize for Literature in 1903.
1859 -- Lifelong opium-eater, romantic writer Thomas
De Quincey dies, Lasswade, near Edinburgh, 74.
Author of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.
1861 -- Aristide Maillol, with a penchant for
washerwomen & other sturdy female types, lives.
French Art Nouveau sculptor, 1861-1944.
1886 -- Radical Mexican muralist Diego Rivera
lives, Guanajuato. Frida's man & Trotsky's host.
DIEGO RIVERA 1997 & 2005 SAINT
1919 -- Jailed at Ellis Island on the 5th, "Made
Anarchists" Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman
appear in federal court before Judge Julius M. Mayer,
who declares that as aliens, they have no constitutional
rights. They remain in detention at Ellis Island.
1925 -- "The Cocoanuts," starring the Marx Brothers,
opens on Broadway.
1927 -- British Premier presented with 128,770
signatures of persons refusing war service.
Corto Maltese ...
A watercolor of Hugo Pratt's from
"la Revue Corto" suggests that
Corto was at Harar in Ethiopia with
romancier Henry de Monfreid & the
paleontologist & theologian
Teilhard de Chardin in December
1939 -- Jean Grave dies. An important activist in the
French anarchist movement. Involved with Élisée
Reclus' "Révolté". A popularizer of Kropotkin's ideas.
A signatory to the "Proclamation of the 16".
1943 -- Jim Morrison lives. American rock singer/lyricist
& cult figure since his death. His collections of poetry
include An American Prayer (1970) & The Lords &
The New Creatures (1971).
If the doors of perception were cleansed
All things would appear infinite.
1949 -- Novelist Mary Gordon (Final Payments) lives.
1980 -- John Lennon permanently loses his voice; killed
by a fan. The former Beatle was shot outside his
apartment building in New York City by Mark David
Chapman, a former psychiatric patient.
"I think of John's death as a war casualty
— it is the war between the sane & the insane."
— Yoko Ono
1982 -- US: Will Norman Mayer stop the MX missile?
Demanding an end to nuclear weapons, Norman Mayer,
holds the Washington Monument hostage.
After 10 hours, police kill him.
He had no explosives.
Who then are the terrorists?
1983 -- Slim Pickins, western actor, dies at 64 after
brain surgery. Cracked his skull open, but it was slim pickins.
1987 -- Protestor Hatem Abu Sisseh, 16, killed by Israeli
soldiers, igniting the Intifadah for self-rule.
In the 7 years to follow 1,306 Palestinians are slain
by Israelis, 192 Israelis killed by Palestinians.
2000 -- US: Florida...
Florida White House readied for Bush
[the Supreme Court will make his bed]...
2001 -- Fair Trade Coffee Day of Action. The Sleepless Goat
Cafe & Workers' Cooperative.
2006 -- US: Society of the Spectacle (a multimedia digital
remix) exhibits (8-12th) at the Boulder Museum of
Contemporary Art in Colorado. Features a ten-minute DVD
which incorporates material from the imagery & writings of
French Situationist Guy Debord. It was put together by DJ
Rabbi, a digital art collective of political activists.
The art of writing novels, such as it was, is
long dead everywhere except in Russia, where it
is new. Peace to its ashes — some of which
have a large sale.
— Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
— anti-Toast, 1997-15,300 (post-Toastie?)