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Mikhail Bakunin was one of the most influential anarchists of all time. Karl Marx was a revolutionary socialist and founder of Marxism. Vladamir Lenin or Vladamir Ulyanov was a celebrated leader in the Soviet Union and a major political figure in the 1905 Revolution.
415 - the Whitney
In 1956, the Whitney Museum of American Art was located on 54th Street, behind the Museum of Modern Art.
415/461 - Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin
Stencil is quoting the original "writing on the wall." In the book of Daniel, a mysterious, disembodied hand appears in the royal palace of King Belshazzar of Babylon, and writes the words "Mene mene tekel parsin (or upharsin, in another version) on the palace walls. The court was unable to decipher the meaning of the crypic phrase, although mene, tekel and parsin were all aramaic terms for currency. Daniel intepreted the phrase to mean that (mene) Babylon had been measured & found wanting, (tekel) a price would be paid and (parsin) Babylon apportioned by its neighbors. The historical record documents the conquest of the Bablyonian empire by the Persians; the Book of Daniel has King Belshazzar slain that night.
418 - Dalì's Last Supper
The Sacrament of the Last Supper (1955) was painted by Salvador Dalì (1903-1989). A gift of Chester Dale to the National Gallery of Art, it was first exhibited Easter weekend, 1956.
418 - Be Bop A Lula
Written by Gene Vincent, Donald Graves, and Bill "Sheriff Tex" Davis, "Be-Bop-a-Lula" was first recorded by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps and released in June 1956.
In which Benny Profane, a schlemihl and human yo-yo, gets to an apocheir
The Whole Sick Crew
In which Stencil, a quick-change artist, does eight impersonations
In which Esther gets a nose job
In which Stencil nearly goes West with an alligator
In which Profane returns to street level
She hangs on the western wall
In which Rachel gets her yo-yo back, Roony sings a song, and Stencil calls on Bloody Chiclitz
In which various sets of young people get together
Confessions of Fausto Maijstral
In which things are not so amusing
In which the yo-yo string is revealed as a state of mind
V. in love