Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — GERTRUDE STEIN

The Mother of Us All. American writer, lesbian, art patron.

What is the current that makes machinery, that makes it crackle, what is the current that presents a long line and a necessary waist. What is this current.
What is the wind, what is it.

Where is the serene length, it is there and a dark place is not a dark place, only a white and red are black, only a yellow and green are blue, a pink is scarlet, a bow is every color. A line distinguishes it. A line just distinguishes it.

A Long Dress from Stein’s Tender Buttons, 1914.

*Cairo: Caravan of Pilgrims sets out for Mecca with the new Kiswa for the Kaaba. With cannon, kettle drums, camels dyed with henna, they proceed to the Lake of the Pilgrims, stay a few days and then set out on the long road to Mecca.

1656 — 24-year-old Benedict Spinoza excommunicated by Jewish authorities.
1794 — Maximilien Robespierre arrested as new tyrant in French Revolution.
1946 — American poet, lesbian art collector Gertrude Stein dies, Paris, France.
1953 — Korean War ends after 575 meetings, Panmunjom, Korea.
1980 — Deposed Shah of Iran dies in exile, Cairo, Egypt.

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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