Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Mao Dun

July 4– Mao Dun
Famed radical Chinese writer, journalist, cultural critic.

*U.S.: Independence Day.
*Flag-burning day
*Hannibal, Missouri: Tom Sawyer Fence-Painting Day.

1585 — English colonists land on Roanoke Island, New World.
1627 — Virginia Colony orders “scorched earth” policy for neighboring natives.
1776 — Liberty Bell rings, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: not all it’s cracked up to be.
1826 — New Harmony utopianists sign Declaration of Mental Independence.
1840 — “Calico Indians” rise up in 5-year-long Hudson Valley Anti-Rent Wars.
1845 — Henry David Thoreau takes up 26-month-long squat, Walden Pond, Mass.
1855 — Walt Whitman, age 36, self-publishes “Leaves of Grass.” Dismal sales.
1896 —Radical Chinese writer Mao Dun born, Tongxiang, Zhejiang, China.
1904 — Jazz great Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong born, New Orleans, Louisiana.
1905 — Radical anarchist geographer Elisée Reclus dies, Thourot, Belgium.
1928 — Black American beat poet Ted Joans born, riverboat near Cairo, Illinois.
1966 — LBJ signs U.S. Freedom of Information Act.
1980 — Anthropologist, cultural theorist Gregory Bateson dies, San Francisco.

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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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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