The world turns softly
Not to spill its lakes & rivers,
The water is held in its arms
& the sky is held in the water.
What is water,
That pours silver
& can hold the sky.
— Hilda Conkling, "Water"
A few Excerpts for those of you still plodding along
Fine, popular British novelist, social activist, humanitarian.
NATIONAL HANGOVER AWARENESS DAY.
1601 -- Agents of the Earl of Essex, on the eve of his rebellion,
bribe the Chamberlain's Men to give a performance of
Shakespeare's "Richard III".
Elizabeth used to think of herself as Richard II — she
had the same problems of no heir but many aspirants to
the throne. Essex was one such aspirant at the time of his
rebellion, hence the performance of the Shakespeare play in
which Richard is successfully overthrown.
Love your daily inputs. Very cheering. Like your focus on Byron
every now & then.
— Bleedster Bhattacharji
PS: IT WAS RICHARD II, NOT III
1741 -- Phantasmagoric painter Henry Fuseli lives,
1812 -- British novelist Charles Dickens lives.
Dickens on the media:
"His high-spiced wares were made to sell, & they sold; & his thousands of readers could as rationally charge their delight in filth upon him, as a glutton can shift upon his cook the responsibility for his beastly excess".
1848 -- France: First anarchist journal appears, Proudhon's "Le
Representant du Peuple." It affirms that the emancipation of the
working class can only be achieved by the working class itself
— without the assistance of governments. Sells 40,000 copies.
1883 -- American jazz great Eubie Blake lives.
Eubie Blake at age 100:
If I'd known I was gonna live this long
I'd have taken better care of myself.
Bleedster Bill Witherup responds:
Eubie Blake quote is worth the price
of admission. As for myself,
"I'm to old to die young."
1885 -- Germany: August Reinsdorf is executed by decapitation.
"If I had ten heads I would offer them with joy
& lay them on the block for the good cause."
1885 -- American writer Sinclair Lewis lives — Mainly on Main street.
1886 -- "Seattle mob rounds up Chinese residents...."
1917 -- US: Labor's Tom Mooney wrongly convicted & sentenced
to hang on May 17. Emma Goldman intensifies organizing efforts to
prevent his execution.
1939 -- Emma Goldman's letter protesting Zenzl Mühsam's
second disappearance in the Soviet Union appears in the
1968 -- After American & South Vietnamese air & artillery
strikes level the city of Bentre, South Vietnam (pop. 50,000),
a US Army major explains that "it became necessary to
destroy the town to save it."
1965 -- Danish...
During this month, Im Namen des Volkes (In the Name
of the People), tract by J.V. Martin on the trial of the SI
(Situationistisk Internationale, Northern Region Publications).
The Danish court later decides to drop all charges.
Danish translations of 'Response to a questionnaire...'
(as 'Realizing philosophy, realizing art') & Theses on the
Paris Commune appear in the left socialist journal Aspekt.
This journal also publishes the very comics that led to the
Moral Rearmament affair.
1973 -- US: Octzilla? 119-lb octopus measuring
23ft across captured in Hood Canal, Washington.
1980 -- Pink Floyd begins one of the more unusual
coast-to-coast tours in rock history, playing the first of only
14 shows in Los Angeles. The only other city they played
was New York. The stage, to promote the band's latest
album "The Wall," features a 120 by 60 foot wall made
of Styrofoam blocks, which gradually envelops the group
as the show goes on.
1993 -- Croatia: Women's tribunal against rape in war, Zagreb.
"There is a crack in
It's how the light
— Leonard Cohen
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