Art & Design

Sep 10, 2013

On the ground at Burning Man, a cavalcade of counterculture

Freelance journalist Hari Raj takes in the cavalcade of art, costume, nudity and general weirdness that grows every year in the Nevada dessert.

Burning Man

A long way past midnight on what might have been Thursday, I met a woman in the desert wearing only a backpack and a smile. Her teeth chattered while we chatted about her son, and neither the leggings she later donned nor the huddle of people who joined us to wait for the sunrise could stop them. I lent her my favourite poncho, the sun painted the sky with pastels and fire, and I forgot to ask for it back when we left. Later, I consoled myself with the knowledge that this nameless, friendly stranger was warm — and then, that afternoon, she walked right past my camp.

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  1. AR

    More detail would have been appreciated but it is a reminder that its antithesis, Woodstock, was the beginning of the end for an alternative society. It was conceived and advertised as a “music & arts” convocation – ie people would come and participate, showing what they could do and what they hoped to do.
    Instead it was a quarter of a million over entitled kiddies sitting around in the mud, waiting to be fed & entertained by grown-ups and assorted bread-heads.
    And thus the next 30-40 years was grounded leading to Nixon, Raygun and assorted Shrubs.

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