‘Playa Dust: Collected Stories From Burning Man’, A New Book of Essays on the Burning Man Festival

Playa Dust by Samantha Krukowski

Playa Dust: Collected Stories from Burning Man is a compilation of essays on the Burning Man festival by a broad cross-section of artists, writers, sociologists, and others who take part in the festival or document and study it. The book is edited by artist, author, and educator Samantha Krukowski. It is available for purchase online.

Burning Man’s in-your-face, counterculture vibe has meant that the festival has always been something of a media darling. But when the event sold out for the first time in 2011, there was a marked increase in the commentary about its history, current status and future. When, in 2012, a new random lottery system for tickets left so many long-time attendees ticketless, that commentary deepened. Questions about the evolution, meaning and value of Burning Man as an experiment in community, self-sufficiency and anti-capitalism are being raised, and Playa Dust seeks to answer them.

images via Samantha Krukowski

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