Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Chingiz Aitmatov

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DECEMBER 12 — CHINGIZ AITMATOV
Kyrgystani novelist, diplomat, sly Stalinist critic.
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DECEMBER 12 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
JEWISH CHANNUKAH begins. Mexico: FIESTA OF THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE, greatest of the great Mexican fiestas. Not only was the Virgin the pa-
troness of the Mexican Revolution, but she has also absorbed the cult of
the Aztec goddess of the earth and of corn. Vestiges of the Aztec cere-
monies persist in this fiesta. Polynesia: FEAST OF REKAREKA, God of Pleas-
ure. Arizona: Hopi Indians begin eight-day-long FAREWELL TO AUTUMN.

ALSO ON DECEMBER 12 IN HISTORY
1531 — Virgin of Guadalupe appears to Indian boy, Tepeyac, Mexico.
1731 — Scientist Erasmus Darwin born, Nottinghamshire, England.
1812 — Death of Sacajawea, native guide for Lewis & Clark Expedition.
1821 — French writer Gustave Flaubert born, Rouen, France.
1863 — Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch born.
1885 — Russian proto-Constructivist Vladimir Tatlin born, Kharkiv, Russia.
1907 — Zulu King Dinizulu surrenders to British military forces, Natal.
1928 — Kyrgystani novelist, diplomat Ghingiz Aitmatov born, Sheker Tallaskoi.
1964 — “Solidarity” anarchist bookstore opens, Chicago, Illinois.

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 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com 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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