It seems that everywhere I turn these days, someone is talking about or asking me to go to Burning Man. This also happened to me a decade ago when I first moved back to New York from Vienna. At that time, all of the talk I heard centered on substances consumed and not content. I found the conversations boring beyond words and the folks talking seemed to be something more than obsessed. You would say something as banal as, “What would you like for dinner tonight?” And their reply would always start, “Well, at Burning Man…” You get my drift.

This new round of Burning Man admirers are of a totally different ilk. Beautiful images, like these taken by my friend, Reyes Melendez, are emerging and at the same time, the conversations are changing.

Each Burning Man enthusiast I have met recently has been speaking with passion (and content) of amazing moments: like drawing classes on classical form held on a white sheet in the middle of a white desert, dance, costumes, and the beauty of the gift economy – no exchange of money – as it relates to everyday economy.

I have to reconsider my decision to discount Burning Man if for no other reason than the fact than the DooNanny was compared to Burning Man in the New York Times and includes a story about the burning “100-foot vagina.”

Perhaps it is time to plan a trip to Burning Man?

All photos above from Reyes Melendez. See more of his work here: www.reyezone.com

P.S.: Even a pair of our Bloomers shorts made an appearance last year.  Thank you for the picture Kate!


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  1. Allison

    Oh, there is so, so, so much more there than the use of substances. There is real substance there, and it informs so much of the art world and creative culture in America and around the world than most people will give credit. The gift economy, the create-it-for-the-sake-of-doing-it philosophy, the empowering experience of camping in a harsh environment and feeling the extreme sense of self-reliance, the opportunity for whatever creative expression you want, and the amazing things to see that people will build or create just to enjoy for a week or less. It is mind-blowing. It can be life-altering or at least perspective-shifting. It is expensive. It is not sustainable. It is temporary. It is inspiring. And it is certainly not for everyone.

  2. jonn weiland

    the difficulty in obtaining information about ticket costs feels like a “red flag” to me-the website is informative overall yet leaves me with questions unanswered-what i have read about BM(+W) is intriguing to be certain-i need more investigation and information before adding to my bucket list and/or incorporation into my lifestyle