Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Mongo Beti

Superb Cameroonian novelist, biting social critic.

*Thann, France: Burning of the Three Fires. Celebrates three
“stars” that moved to a spot over the forest in the 12th century
and then stopped, marking the village’s founding.
*Festival of Endless Ass-Kissing.

1520 — Aztec sovereign Montezuma II killed by conquistadores, Tenochtitlan.
1620 — Tobacco-growing banned in Britain, granting Virginia colony monopoly.
1859 — Émile Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on tightrope as 5,000 watch.
1932 — Acerbic Cameroonian novelist Mongo Beti born, Mbalmayo, Cameroun.
1990 — Former East and West Germanies agree to unify their economies.
1997 — First Harry Potter novel published, Great Britain.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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