Slate’s Take on Burning the Man

Having twice attended a certain annual event in the Nevada high desert, I’ve found that most of the perceptions that exist about said event are formed by people who, at best, knew someone who heard of someone who went there, once. And while the event has grown dramatically over the past 15 years (It’s been going on since 1986, but really got a foothold in the late 90’s), the perceptions of it in society really haven’t changed at all. Especially those of the media that most mis-represents it.

So, last year, sent a reporter out to gather some first – hand experiences of just what Burning Man is all about. His series of essays is enjoyable, fairly even-handed, and definitely worth a read- even if you’ve no intention to ever make the pilgrimage out West.

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