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List: What do people do at Burning Man? 

Wednesday, Sep 1 2010

This week, many San Franciscans have left the city to go to the Nevada desert and attend Burning Man. What are they doing there?

• Making the difficult choice, each moment, between looking at art or naked people

• Sitting in 100-degree heat, choking on the dust from a sudden windstorm, and running out of water, just like last year

• Judging each other not by the color of their skin but by the quality of their costumes

• Pretending to enjoy themselves

• Raising global consciousness

• Falling in love with someone named GlitterPeaches

• Lecturing other Burners about how they're not radically self-expressive enough

• Trying to get away from the incessant techno music

• Being completely environmentally conscious, except for the part where 50,000 people use millions of tons of fossil fuel to go to a party

• Saying "Ooh, fire!" a lot

• Taking themselves much more seriously than you would expect, under the circumstances

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Benjamin Wachs


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