Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Oscar Wilde

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OCTOBER 16 — OSCAR WILDE
Irish wit, playwright, gay rights advocate and victim.
“It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give really unbiased opinions, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.”

OCTOBER 16 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
DICTIONARY DAY. WORLD FOOD DAY.

ALSO ON OCTOBER 16 IN HISTORY
1793 — French monarch Marie Antoinette loses her head.
1815 — Napoleon Bonaparte exiled to St. Helena for life.
1854 — Gay Irish wit, playwright, essayist Oscar Wilde born, Dublin, Ireland.
1854 — Major French anarchist theorist Jean Grave born, Auvergne, France.
1859 — Abolitionist John Brown attacks Harper’s Ferry ammunitions depot.
1888 — American playwright Eugene O’Neill born, New York City.
1916 — Margaret Sanger opens first birth control clinic, New York City.
1927 — German Nobelist writer Günter Grass born, Danzig, Poland.
1934 — Long March begins for Chinese Communists.

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 the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of 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 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 one of five Angelenos 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. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.

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