Sept. 17 Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Helen Nearing

helen nearing
“Back-to-the-Land” dropout advocate, ecologist.

Villiers–Perwin, Belgium: FEAST OF THE PILGRIMS. A ludicrous, raucous
parody of pilgrimages, with nonsense speeches, mock baptisms and fu-
nerals, clowns and pantomime donkeys, feasting and drinking.
Burma: FESTIVAL OF MIN KYAWZWA, God of Drinking and Fireworks.

1179 — Hildegard of Bingen, archetypal medieval feminist, dies.
1859 — Self-coronation of Emperor Norton I of U.S., San Francisco, California.
1883 — Poet William Carlos Williams born, Rutherford, New Jersey.
1980 — Former Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza assassinated.
1995 — “Back to the Land” radical Helen Nearing dies, Harborside, Maine.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish 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., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

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