The Man is dead, long live the Man

BLACK ROCK CITY — It is quiet here this morning. The rave camps have settled down, fire-spewing trinkets have ceased exploding, and the only citizens of Black Rock City out at this hour, just after 8 a.m., are dazed as they wander through the detritus of dead glowsticks, dusty embers, and unconscious hippies. » 9/02/07 1:35pm 9/02/07 1:35pm

The Man burns tonight

BLACK ROCK CITY — Actual conversation, overheard at the Porta-Potties: » 9/01/07 4:02pm 9/01/07 4:02pm

The Man burns tonight. Like it was supposed to, before those gol-dinged ne'er-do-wells came in with all their . Right! Like this is supposed to be a festival of or something!

Satan's Calliope rocks the desert

BLACK ROCK CITY — One of the main advantages to being the middle of the fucking Nevada desert for Burning Man, the arts and counterculture festival held here this week, is that it's a lot easier to burn a whole lot of accelerant without incurring too much wrath from the local authorities. Of course, every single thing… » 9/01/07 3:36pm 9/01/07 3:36pm

Sergey and Larry's desert hideaway

BLACK ROCK CITY — The story so far: In between desert heat, bronchus-choking dust storms, too many Tecates, and a lingering desire to throw rebar tent stakes at the ravers across the street, we here have been continuing in our mission to spot Google bigwigs Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who are rumored to be raging… » 9/01/07 3:15pm 9/01/07 3:15pm

The Orb Swarm rules the night

BLACK ROCK CITY — One of the neatest things I have seen in the self-expressive miasma that is Burning Man, the countercultural arts festival here in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, has been The Orb Swarm, a group of spherical robots designed to roll around the playa and interact with participants with lights, motion and… » 8/31/07 6:59pm 8/31/07 6:59pm

The Man rises again — for a day

BLACK ROCK CITY — Friends playing along at home, you can stop fretting and sleep a tad better tonight, knowing that the dedicated hippie construction workers of Burning Man have erected a brand new Man, the giant wooden statue everyone came to Nevada to watch burn down. Following the early burn on Tuesday by local… » 8/31/07 3:52pm 8/31/07 3:52pm

Dust storms roil the playa — and this reporter

BLACK ROCK CITY — We had a wee tiny, itty-bitty hardly-worth-mentioning dust storm yesterday. There was a moment when we could not see twenty feet across the street to the neighboring camp due to the whiteout conditions. The total lack of visual stimulation forced us to imbibe playa margaritas (a "playa" margarita… » 8/31/07 3:44pm 8/31/07 3:44pm

Techno playa bling

BLACK ROCK CITY — In between weathering dust storms, drinking heavily and stalking Internet tycoons, we have come in contact with an amusing assortment of tech people who have come to Burning Man to shrug off their work cares and forget about the Web for a few precious, hot, dusty hippie-filled days. We managed to… » 8/31/07 3:26pm 8/31/07 3:26pm

Google founders spotted at Burning Man!

BLACK ROCK CITY — A rumor has just reached our ears that Google's cofounders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, are here at Burning Man, the ever-dusty counterculture and arts festival taking place in the Nevada desert. We even have their purported addresses on the playa. » 8/30/07 4:23pm 8/30/07 4:23pm

The 8 types of Burning Man attendees, according to Jonathan Grubb

BLACK ROCK CITY — Jonathan Grubb, maverick something-or-other of software developer RubyRed Labs, had an informative and enlightening column about the many types of Burning Man attendees published in The Black Rock Beacon. The Beacon is one of many carefully edited, lovingly printed, well-researched news outlets on… » 8/30/07 2:59pm 8/30/07 2:59pm

Black Rock City remains no Man's land

BLACK ROCK CITY — Despite the best efforts of many sleep-deprived hippies with the Department of Public Works, The Man itself, the centerpiece of the Burning Man arts and counterculture festival in Nevada, is still not back up. Crews have been working around the clock to restore the festival's iconic sculpture after… » 8/30/07 2:17pm 8/30/07 2:17pm

Welcome to the real-world Wackyland

BLACK ROCK CITY — The foofaraw surrounding the Great Burning Man Arson Escapade — the attempted torching by prankster Paul Addis of The Man, the giant wooden centerpiece of the Burning Man festival here in Nevada — has started to die down. And at last, we can get back to the subject at hand, which is, of course,… » 8/30/07 12:01pm 8/30/07 12:01pm

The Man will rise again tonight

BLACK ROCK CITY — Whipping like playa dust through the temporary streets of this temporary city in the high Nevada desert is that The Man, the wooden statue at the center of this "countercultural" yuppiefest arts and self-expression event, badly damaged by an arson attempt Tuesday night, will be re-erected sometime… » 8/30/07 11:22am 8/30/07 11:22am

Who's having a hissyfit on the playa now?

BLACK ROCK CITY — Here at Media Mecca, the press center for Black Rock City, site of the loosely countercultural event Burning Man, the usual travails and torture of being in the middle of harsh desert conditions — spotty Internet, no beer left in the cooler, subpar fare in the commissary, failing air conditioning —… » 8/29/07 4:16pm 8/29/07 4:16pm

Oh, right, this is an "arts festival," isn't it?

BLACK ROCK CITY — Here we are at Burning Man, deep in the Nevada desert. It's billed as an arts festival, held every year in the name of counterculture, mind expansion, loving your neighbor, and paying a lot of money for coffee at an event that purports to have a noncommercial, barter-based economy. Black Rock City,… » 8/29/07 4:02pm 8/29/07 4:02pm

The geeks that weren't there

BLACK ROCK CITY — Still no real live power-geek sighting yet campers, but you'll be pleased to note that through the miracle of modern technology, you too can be on the playa without actually being on the playa! Scott Beale of Laughing Squid, a Burning Man attendee from way back, shows us how it's done with his recent… » 8/29/07 1:44am 8/29/07 1:44am

We against the desert

BLACK ROCK CITY — Burning Man, the annual arts and "counterculture" festival in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, is also known for the harsh conditions associated with being in the fucking desert, people. » 8/29/07 1:39am 8/29/07 1:39am Here's the casualty list for the moment: Yours truly found herself a little bit faint on the open playa, and…

Burning Man arson suspect caught

BLACK ROCK CITY — Around the charred yet still standing remains of The Man, the giant wooden statue literally at the center of the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, workers from the organizer's Department of Public Works are cordoning off the platform and pavilion on which The Man rests, preparing to… » 8/28/07 5:55pm 8/28/07 5:55pm

Burning Man statue burns — a bit too early

BLACK ROCK CITY — The entire point of Burning Man is, I'll remind the uninitiated, is to gather together in the desert to torch a giant wooden statue called, yes, The Man. But that's supposed to happen this weekend. It's 3 in the morning on Tuesday, and The Man is ON FIRE!! HOLY FUCKING MOTHER OF FUCK! More as it… » 8/28/07 9:52am 8/28/07 9:52am