Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Henri de Saint-Simon

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OCTOBER 17 — HENRI DE SAINT-SIMON
French utopian theorist, ruined aristocrat, proto-socialist.
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Philippe Joseph Machereau, Saint-Simonian Temple and City, 1832. Architectural plan by the Saint-Simonian commune founded in the Parisian neighborhood of Ménilmontant, following the writer’s death. After the first few staircases were built, the project was brought to a halt by the French police, who arrested the movement’s leaders.

OCTOBER 17 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
SWEETEST DAY. Japan: KANNAME-SAI HARVEST FESTIVAL. BLACK POETRY DAY.
Isle of Ely, England: ST. AUDREY’S (origin of “Tawdry”) Fair.

ALSO ON OCTOBER 17 IN HISTORY…
1711 — America’s first published Black poet, Jupiter Hammon, born.
1760 — French utopian theorist Henri Saint-Simon born, Paris, France.
1889 — Russian radical critic Nikolay Chernyshevsky dies, Viluisk, Siberia.
1920 — John Reed dies in Moscow, Soviet Union and is buried in Kremlin Wall.
1931 — Gangster Al Capone sentenced to eleven years for tax evasion.

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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