Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – AIMÉE CÉSAIRE

June 26– AIMÉE CÉSAIRE
Martiniquean Négritude poet, disillusioned communist.
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JUNE 26, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Aragon, Spain: Feast of the Shepherds. Head shepherd is clown for the day; music, dancing, and clowning all afternoon, and in the evening people do whatever they please.
*Festival of Ranting & Vaporing.

ALSO ON JUNE 26 IN HISTORY…
1856 — Anarchist philosopher Max Stirner dies, Berlin, Prussia.
1893 — Haymarket anarchists pardoned by Illinois Governor Altgelt.
1913 — Négritude poet, politcian Aimée Césaire born, Basse-Pointe, Martinique.
1926 — Radical philospher Karel Kosik born, Prague, Czechoslovakia.
1933 — Greek poet C. P. Cavafy dies, Alexandria, Egypt.
1938 — God’s Trombones author James Weldon Johnson dies.
1975 — Two FBI agents killed during attack on Oglala Sioux reservation; AIM leader Leonard Peltier framed for murder.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

Report on "The Coming Insurrection" book launch at NYC Barnes and Nobles, Sephora, Starbucks

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During the last week this mysterious message made its way across the internet:

SEMIOTEXT(E) Book Launch: The Coming Insurrection by the Invisible Committee

“Two centuries of capitalism and market nihilism have brought us to the most extreme alienations—from ourselves, from others, from worlds. The fiction of the individual has decomposed with the same speed that it once became real. Children of the metropolis, we offer this wager: that it’s in the most profound deprivation of existence—perpetually stifled, perpetually conjured away—that the possibility of communism resides.”

—The Coming Insurrection, Introduction to the English edition

THE COMING INSURRECTION has been labeled a “manual for terrorism” by the French government, who recently arrested its alleged authors. Philosopher Giorgio Agamben has called the book “one of the most intelligent works of our time” and numerous commentators have seen it as a heir to the legacy of situationist Guy Debord. Meanwhile, bootleg translations have circulated around the world and passages from the book appeared on the walls of Athens during last December’s uprising.

Anonymously written in the wake of the riots that erupted throughout the Paris suburbs in the fall of 2005, THE COMING INSURRECTION articulates a rejection of the official Left and its reformist agenda, aligning itself instead with the growing number of those—in France, in the United States, and elsewhere—who refuse the idea that theory, politics, and life are separate realms.

Please join us for the official book launch, including discussion of the text as well as content-appropriate activities, on Sunday, June 14 at 5pm on the fourth floor of Union Square Barnes and Noble.

I arrived at the fourth floor of Barnes and Nobles right on time. Continue reading

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Josep Renau

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May 17 — JOSEP RENAU
Spanish communist, agit-prop graphic artist.

MAY 17, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Norway: Independence Day: Singing, dancing in the streets, fireworks.

ALSO ON MAY 17 IN HISTORY…
1620 — First merry-go-round introduced, Turkey.
1866 — Less-is-more composer Erik Satie born, Paris, France.
1887 — Social rebel, utopianist Lysander Spooner dies, Boston, Massachusetts.
1907 — Spanish agit-prop graphic artist, communist Josep Renau born, Valencia.
1910 — Halley’s Comet makes nearest approach to Earth, terrifying millions.
1954 — Supreme Court outlaws segregation in U.S. public schools.
1968 — Napalm turned on draft files, Catonsville, Maryland.
1980 — Mt. St. Helens volcano erupts, Washington state.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — ROBERTO BOLANO


April 28 — Roberto Bolaño
Chilean novelist, nomad, cultural iconoclast.

APRIL 28, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Charles, Louisiana: Contraband Days Pirate Festival honors Lafitte.

ALSO ON APRIL 28 IN HISTORY…

1192 — Hashshashin assassinate Conrad of Montferrat, King of Jerusalem.
1789 — Mutiny breaks out aboard British ship H.M.S. Bounty.
1874 — Journalist Karl Krauss born, Jicin, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary.
1953 — Brilliant Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño born, Santiago, Chile.
1960 — Dutch council communist & astronomer Anton Pannekoek dies, Wageningen.
1967 — World boxing great Muhammad Ali refuses U.S. army induction.
1977 — Baader-Meinhof Red Brigades terrorists get life sentences, Germany.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – JACQUES BREL

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April 8 — JACQUES BREL
Belgian-born wry, sardonic folksinger, composer.

APRIL 8, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Thailand & Japan: BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY. Children’s holiday; dancing & the release of captive animals.
* DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN DAY.

ALSO ON APRIL 8 IN HISTORY…

1341 — Petrarch crowned poet laureate, steps of Capitol in Rome
1864 — Thirteenth Amendment passes, abolishing slavery in the U.S.
1898 — Yip Harburg, American lyricist born.
1929 — Ironic Belgian folksinger Jacques Brel born.
1973 — Spanish painter and communist Pablo Picasso dies, Mougins, France
1978 — French anarchist combatant, historian Gaston Leval dies.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective