Magazine November 3, 2008, Issue

Burning Man, at Both Ends

The Middle of Nowhere, Nev.

‘Hello, how are you?” It’s 4:30 a.m. and three shadows stand at the edge of our camp. The one in the middle is talking. “We’re looking for Ecstasy and enough marijuana to roll a joint. Can you help? In exchange I’ll give you this — ”

The shadow steps closer and I see that it’s a man, perhaps 50, conservative in appearance, silver of hair, hand outstretched. “This is a book I wrote.” 

I examine his offering: Rave Culture: An Insider’s Overview. The cover shows a dance floor on which an image of the Dalai Lama has been superimposed. His Holiness floats

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